Labelling Requirements for Meat and Poultry Products
Legibility and Location – Meat and Poultry Products

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The information below applies to meat products prepared in federally registered establishments. For label legibility and location requirements for other meat products, refer to the core labelling requirement of interest or Legibility and Location.

Unless a container of a prepackaged meat product is mounted on a display card, all or part of the label of a meat product must be applied to the principal display panel [98(1), MIR]. If a container of a prepackaged meat product is mounted on a display card, then the label may be applied to the side of the display card that is visible under normal customary conditions of sale or use [98(2), MIR].

All information required on a label by the MIR must be shown in a manner that is easily legible to any person under normal or customary conditions for sale or use and in characters of not less than 1.6 mm in height [99(2), MIR]. The height of a character is:

  • where words appear in upper case, the height of the upper case letter and,
  • where the words appear in lower case or in a mixture of upper and lower case, the height of the lower case letter "o" [99(1), MIR].

When the area of the principal display surface of a container is not more than 10 cm2, all information required on a label by the MIR, other than net quantity, can be in characters not less than 0.8 mm in height [100, MIR].

For information on minimum type size requirements for the numerical portion of the net quantity declaration, refer to Net Quantity.

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