Chapter 7 – Packaging and labelling
7.15 Requirements for labels not requiring registration from the Packaging, Labelling and Evaluation Unit

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(1) Shipping cartons for fully labelled prepackaged meat products

The following are the mandatory requirements for such shipping containers:

  1. the identity of the meat product;
  2. the net quantity;
  3. the identity and principal place of business of the firm by or for whom the meat product was manufactured;
  4. the storage instructions if applicable ("keep refrigerated" or "keep frozen"); and
  5. in the case of dressed poultry carcasses, all markings as required by Section 17 to 20 of the Livestock and Poultry Carcass Grading Regulations.
  6. in the case of beef, the grade designation is optional [see 7.12 (3)].

It should be noted that the Meat Inspection Legend on such containers is not required. Sufficient space must be provided at the upper left corner of the principal display panel for an export sticker or stamp. In the case of containers for dressed poultry carcasses sufficient space must also be provided at the upper right-hand corner of the principal display panel for the poultry inspection stamp.

Labels of containers, in this category, for imported meat products shall contain the following information:

  1. the product description, which shall be identical to that on the inner containers;
  2. the "product of (country of origin)" to appear in close proximity to the product description; it shall be at least half the height of the largest word on the main panel;
  3. the net quantity;
  4. the name and address of the foreign establishment or the name and address of the person for whom the meat product was produced preceded by the words "Prepared for";
  5. the inspection stamp or statement of inspection of country of origin; and, if applicable:
  6. the storage instructions ("keep refrigerated" or "keep frozen").
  7. in the case of beef, the grade designation [see 7.12 (3)].

Note: For more details and examples see Annex F of this chapter and Annex J of Chapter 10.

(2) Labels for inedible meat products from registered establishments or imported

Shipping containers shall be labelled with the following information:

  1. the identity of the meat product in term that are descriptive of the product;
  2. the words "Product of" and "Produit de", followed by the name of the country of origin, shall be marked in a conspicuous manner in close proximity to the identity of the meat product if imported product;
  3. in the case of meat product identified for use as animal food, the words "Animal food" or "Aliments pour animaux", or the words naming the animal species for which the meat product is intended, followed by the word "Food" or preceded by the words "Aliments pour";
  4. in the case of a meat product identified for medicinal purposes, the words "For medicinal purposes" or "À des fins médicinales", or the words "For pharmaceutical purposes" or "À des fins pharmaceutiques", as the case may be;
  5. the net quantity of the meat product;
  6. the name and address of the establishment where the meat product was produced or labelled, or the person for whom the meat product was produced or labelled, preceded by the words "Prepared for" or "Préparé pour";
  7. storage instructions ("keep refrigerated" or "keep frozen"); and
  8. in lieu of the meat inspection legend, the words "Plant Number" or "Numéro d'usine" followed by the number of the establishment in which the meat product was prepared.

(3) Labels for prepared pet foods

Labelling of such products is the concern of the Competition Bureau. For more information, please see the Guide for the Labelling and Advertising of Pet Foods.

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