Identity and Principal Place of Business
Labelling Requirements

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General

All prepackaged foods that require a label must declare the identity and principal place of business of the person who has manufactured or produced the food for sale or resale, or the person for whom the food has been manufactured or produced for sale or resale [B.01.007(1.1)(a), Food and Drug Regulations FDR); 10(b)(i), Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act (CPLA)]. For additional details, refer to Food Products that Require a Label.

"Identity" is the name declared on labels. "Identity" means the holder or owner who is responsible for the prepackaged product, and must be accurate enough for consumers to know who that person is.

"Principal Place of Business" is a physical location where food has been manufactured or produced, or for where the food has been manufactured or produced. "Principal" is main; "place" is a building or area for a specific purpose and "business" is a regular trade, commercial enterprise, operations or dealings. Therefore, the principal place of business declared on a label must lead to a physical location where the main activities of food production take place.

Exemptions

Fresh fruit or vegetables that are pre-packaged on retail premises and visibly identifiable in their packaging are exempt from declaring the "identity and principal place of business" of the responsible party on their labels [B.001.007(2), FDR; 32(1), Consumer Packaging and Labelling Regulations (CPLR)].

In addition, this requirement does not apply to prepackaged foods that are exempt from carrying a label under both the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act (CPLA) and Food and Drugs Act (FDA). These foods are prepackaged one bite confections that are sold individually and prepackaged fresh fruits or fresh vegetables packaged in a wrapper or confining band of less than ½ inch in width. For additional details, refer to Food Products that Require a Label.

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