Chapter 7 – Packaging and labelling
7.8 Other labelling requirements

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(a) Principal display surface – principal display panel

For "principal display surface" and "principal display panel" see definitions in Section 2 of the Meat Inspection Regulations, 1990. In addition, the principal display surface of a label on a round can shall not exceed 50% of the total cylindrical circumference of the can. For layouts, see Annex C.

Generally, mandatory information must appear on the principal display panel except as provided by the Meat Inspection Regulations, 1990. In order to provide some flexibility in design, minor deviations to the above will be considered when the need arises. If a vignette or an illustration is printed on the label, then it shall be part of the principal display panel.

The principal display panel is the panel of a container that incorporates the label. It is permissible to use two principal display panels, one with an English label and the other with French label. In this instance both labels must contain all mandatory information.

In the case of meat products packaged in cylindrical containers, such as cans, the space corresponding to the top of the container shall contain the following information:

  • the Meat Inspection Legend (see 7.6.5); and
  • the name and address of the registered establishment where the meat product was produced or labelled or of the person for whom the meat product was produced or labelled, preceded by the words "Prepared for" and "Préparé pour" (see 7.6.4).

In such cases, the information required under subsection 60(3) of the Meat Inspection Regulations, 1990 (identification of the establishment where the meat product was produced and date of production) must be legible and must not conceal the information indicated on the container.

(b)  Colour contrast and label design

Good colour contrast must be maintained in order that all mandatory statements are readily legible.

Particular attention shall be paid to the Meat Inspection Legend, which must not be altered in any way, and shall be separate from, and shall not form an integral part of, any special pattern or design on the container.

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