Labelling Requirements for Processed Egg Products

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Overview

For the purpose of this webpage, processed egg means an egg of a domestic hen belonging to the species Gallus domesticus or of a domestic turkey belonging to the species Meleagris gallopavo.

The information found herein applies to products that contain >50% processed eggs made from chicken or turkey eggs, but excludes cooked products.

The labelling requirements of the Processed Egg Regulations (PER) that are summarized in this document apply to processed egg products produced in federally registered establishments, as well as to imported processed egg products. When sold in Canada, these processed egg products are also subject to the labelling requirements under the Food and Drugs Act (FDA) and the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act (CPLA).

Processed egg products destined for intraprovincial trade are subject to the labelling requirements under the Food and Drugs Act and the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act. These are summarized in the core labelling, claims and statements, and food-specific labelling requirement pages of the Industry Labelling Tool. Provincial regulations may also apply to products sold within that province.

The requirements detailed in the following sections are specific to processed egg products. They are in addition to the core labelling and other requirements that apply to all prepackaged foods.

Exemption

The labelling requirements of the Processed Egg Regulations (PER) do not apply to a container that is an integral part of a vehicle. [PER 12.(1)]

Common Name – Processed Egg Products

The common name must appear on the principal display panel of processed egg products. Section12(4) of the PER includes additional specifications regarding the type size of the common name requirement. See Legibility for minimum type size requirements and Common Name for more information.

Dried Egg Albumen

Dried egg albumen is standardized in section B.22.036 of the Food and Drug Regulations, where both "dried egg-white" and "dried albumen" appear in bold face type. Names appearing in bold face type are prescribed common names that must be used for labelling purposes.

Net Quantity – Processed Egg Products

Most liquid products are sold by volume; however, all processed egg products must be sold by weight [22(1), CPLR].

See Legibility for minimum type size requirements and Net Quantity for more information.

Identity and Principal Place of Business – Processed Egg Products

The identity and principal place of business of the station that manufactured the processed egg or a business that is taking responsibility for that product must appear on the label. For more information, refer to Identity and Principal Place of Business.

Country of Origin – Processed Egg Products

When processed egg is imported into Canada, the words "Product of", followed by the name of the country of origin, must be declared on the container [12(3)(f), PER].

When processed egg is dried egg, some of which was imported into Canada from another country, the words "Product of", followed by the name "Canada" and the name of the other country, must be declared on the container [12(3)(g), PER].

Date Marking and Storage Instructions

Many processed egg products have a durable life of 90 days or less. The same requirements for date markings and storage instructions that apply to other prepackaged foods also apply to these processed egg products. For more information, including location and format requirements, refer to Date Markings.

Added Colour

If beta-carotene has been added to processed eggs, the words "contains colour" and "avec colorant" or "colour added" and "additionné d'un colorant" must appear on the label, even if it appears in the list of ingredients. This statement may appear on any panel except the bottom.
[12(3)(h), PER].

Inspection Legend

The inspection legend must appear on the label of processed egg products, on any panel except the bottom [12(3)(a), PER].

The inspection legend consists of the outline of the maple leaf, the word "CANADA" within the maple leaf, and the registration number of the establishment in which the product was prepared. This is shown in Schedule II of the Processed Egg Regulations.

See Legibility for minimum type size requirements.

Lot Number

The lot number must appear on the container of processed egg products, on any panel except the bottom [PER 12.(3)(c)].

Legibility

The table below specifies the minimum type sizes for the following label declarations, based on the weight of the container [12(4), PER, 14, 15, CPLR]:

  • common name
  • the word "Canada" and the registration number within the inspection legend
  • net contents (net quantity)
Size of container Requirement Minimum type size
1 kg or less
  • "Canada" and registration number within the inspection legend
  • common name and net quantity for products not for retail sale
1.5 mm
1 kg or less common name and net quantity for products for retail sale [14, 15, CPLR] 1.6 mm
> 1 – 4.5 kg all of the requirements listed in this section 3 mm
> 4.5 – 27.5 kg all of the requirements listed in this section 9 mm Table Note 1
> 27.5 kg all of the requirements listed in this section 12 mm

Table Notes

Table Note 1

inspection legend: exception - 5 mm for the word Canada [Directive July 20th, 2000; Processed Egg Manual Chapter 7]

Return to table note 1  referrer

All other labelling requirements are subject to the legibility and location requirements of the Food and Drug Regulations (FDR) and Consumer Packaging and Labelling Regulations (CPLR). Refer to the applicable core labelling requirements outlined on the Industry Labelling Tool for more details.

Other Required Markings

Turkey Eggs

When processed egg is produced from eggs of domestic turkeys or from eggs of domestic turkeys and domestic chickens, the words "product of turkey eggs" and "produit d'œufs de dinde" or "product of turkey eggs and chicken eggs" and "produit d'œufs de dinde et de poule", as the case may be, must appear on the label [12(3)(d), PER].

This information may appear on any panel except the bottom.

Dried Albumen

If the processed egg is dried albumen, the words "pan-dried" and "séché sur plaque" or "spray-dried" and "séché par pulverisation" as the case may be, must be on the label [12(3)(e), PER].

This information may appear on any panel except the bottom.

Inedible Egg

Containers of inedible egg and processed egg, packed at a registered egg processing facility must be marked with [9(22)(a), PER]:

  • The registration number of the station and
  • The words "inedible processed egg – not for human consumption" and "Œufs transformés non comestibles – Impropres à la consommation humaine".

If inedible processed egg is being shipped inter-provincially it must be labelled with [20(1), PER]:

  • The words "Inedible processed egg – Not for human consumption" and "œufs transformés non comestibles – impropres à la consommation humaine" and
  • The name and address of the registered processed egg station in which the inedible processed egg was prepared.

Inedible processed egg imported into Canada must meet the labelling requirements set out in the Processed Egg Regulations, including the country of origin statement [22(1), PER].

Definitions

Common Name

The usual name of the processed egg in relation to its nature, state and composition [2, PER].

Egg Product

A dried, frozen or liquid food that contains at least 50 per cent by weight of frozen egg, frozen egg mix, liquid egg, liquid egg mix, dried egg or dried egg mix [2, PER].

Lot number

A series of numbers indicating the day, month and year in which processed egg is prepared, and a number or letter identifying the batch if more than one batch is prepared on the same day [2, PER].

Processed egg

Frozen egg, frozen egg mix, liquid egg, liquid egg mix, dried egg, dried egg mix and egg product [2, PER].

Registration number

The number assigned to a registered processed egg station [2, PER].

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