Labelling Requirements for Meat and Poultry Products
Identity and Principal Place of Business – Meat and Poultry Products

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The Food and Drug Regulations (FDR) and Consumer Packaging and Labelling Regulations (CPLR) require the labels of prepackaged foods to carry a declaration of the identity and principal place of business of the responsible party.

As per the Meat Hygiene Manual of Procedures, this requirement can be met by declaring either:

  • the complete name and address of the firm that prepares the meat product, or;
  • the name and address of the firm for whom the meat product is produced, prepared or labelled, preceded by the words "prepared for"

Foreign firms must include the name of the country in the address, while firms in Canada may indicate either the province or Canada. Multi-establishment firms may show the address of the head office instead of the address of the establishment preparing the meat product.

Poultry carcasses packaged in a registered establishment for another registered establishment may bear the name and address of the receiving establishment. Hence the receiving establishment may send its bags to the packaging establishment without any label change. The establishment number on the closure clip must be the number of the establishment packaging the carcasses. The words "prepared for" are no longer required in this instance.

For more information, refer to Identity and Principal Place of Business.

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