IMFP National Sampling Plans & Assessment Criteria 2014-2015
Section 7: FEN0 Samples

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I. Notes

  • When the label of a product bears a comparative nutrient content claim for the food, such as "25% less fat than our regular product," a sample of the "light" product should be submitted with a sample of the "regular" version from the same manufacturer if you want to ensure that the claim is truthful. Otherwise, the comparison will have to be made with the Nutrition Facts table for the regular product. These samples will count as two samples and will require two separate sample submission forms. The laboratory will not assess claims.
  • FEN0 Sampling Types:
    1. Monitoring samples are those taken routinely as part of the IMFP activities such as inspections. They support the work related to the program and make it possible, among other things, to perform follow-up on products that were targeted in past work specifications and deemed problematic. Monitoring samples differ from legal samples and cannot be used for prosecution purposes.
    2. Surveillance samples are used to verify observations made during verification / monitoring inspection activities, or from other sources such as complaints. In these cases, the samples can be ad hoc and require submission of an ad hoc request to the laboratories to verify their availability. These are not legal samples and cannot be used for prosecution purposes.
    3. Compliance samples are those for which serious doubts remain concerning their compliance with Canadian laws and regulations. The samples can come from the initial verification/monitoring inspection plan or can be ad hoc samples. They can result from follow-up to a complaint among other things. The sample size in terms of nutrition labelling is larger and should comply with the Nutritional Labelling Compliance Test that requires at least twelve individual consumer units to be taken randomly from a lot. These are not legal samples and therefore cannot be used for prosecution purposes.

      Compliance sampling does not apply to: human milk substitutes, foods represented as containing human milk substitutes, Formulated Liquid Diets (FLD), meal replacements, nutritional supplements and foods represented for use in low energy diets.

    4. Legal samples are recommended in instances where legal action could be the anticipated follow-up action. Legal samples require more complex procedures and analyses on the laboratory's part. The shipping procedures must therefore be strictly followed to ensure that the sample is admissible in court.

      Certain work specifications recommend taking screening and legal samples (e.g. WS_OIL - olive oil adulteration). Unless the work specification calls for legal samples to be taken by the inspector, legal samples should not be taken unless it has been discussed with the program specialist, supervisor and with the laboratory.

      For more information on legal sampling, please consult section 7.9 of the IMFP Inspection Manual (RDIMS# 2137508) (For internal use only).

    5. Unscheduled and Ad-Hoc Samples:
      • Unscheduled Samples are those for which a FEN0 plan code exists, but which may be considered as a non-active FEN0 plan for a given year (see the complete FEN0 code listing in Appendix B). These samples may arise out of a complaint or an inspection, and sample submission must be negotiated with the labs by Programs. Contact the lab prior to submission of samples. The FEN0 number to be entered on the LSTS form is the same as for the planned samples.
      • Ad Hoc Samples are those for which no FEN0 plan currently exists (see section 2. F). These samples can arise out of a complaint or an inspection, and sample submission must be negotiated with the appropriate lab by the IMFP. Ad hoc samples do not include unscheduled samples.
  • Direct any questions to: Your Area Program Specialist.

II. List of Active Sampling Plan Codes

  • FEN0 01: Fibre
  • FEN0 02: Calories
  • FEN0 02 A: Calories in Products with Non-Caloric Sweeteners
  • FEN0 03: Fatty acid profile and total fat
  • FEN0 04: Total fat (Standard verification of ground beef)
  • FEN0 05: Protein
  • FEN0 06: Sodium/Potassium
  • FEN0 07: Total Sugars
  • FEN0 09: Juice – adulteration
  • FEN0 13: Sulphites
  • FEN0 15: Multi-Residue Screen
  • FEN0 20: MSG (Monosodium Glutamate)
  • FEN0 21: Olive oil – adulteration
  • FEN0 22: Vegetable oil – adulteration
  • FEN0 23: Chocolate – adulteration
  • FEN0 25: Cheese Preparations – Adulteration
  • FEN0 27: "X-free" claims
  • FEN0 28: Meat – foreign species
  • FEN0 31: % fat – Dairy products
  • FEN0 37: Cholesterol – Fatty Acid Profile
  • FEN0 39: Seasoning salts – salt content
  • FEN0 41 A/B: Minerals (zinc, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, sodium, iron), Vitamin A, riboflavin and protein in plant-based beverages
  • FEN0 46: Fruit juices and beverages – decharacterization / % juice claims
  • FEN0 48: Artificial sweeteners
  • FEN0 52: Vitamin C in juice beverages and drinks
  • FEN0 54: Irradiation – Spices
  • FEN0 56: Meat / poultry – fresh or possibly previously frozen
  • FEN0 57: Nutrition labelling – iron, vitamins A and C and calcium
  • FEN0 58: A Spice authenticity – Whole or Cracked Spices
  • FEN0 58: B Spice authenticity – ground spices
  • FEN0 59: Fish species authenticity

III. Guidelines for FEN0 Sampling Plans

Code Product Sample Type # of samples # of sub-samples Sub-sample size (min.) Special Notes
FEN0 01 Various products which make fibre claims, or which declare a significant amount of fibre in the Nutrition Facts Table (NFT)
(e.g. Bakery products, cereals, alimentary pastes)
Monitoring 3 n/a 250g Sample foods such as bakery products, cereals, alimentary pastes or any other product with a fibre claim or with a significant amount of fibre declared in the NFT.
FEN0 01 Various products which make fibre claims, or which declare a significant amount of fibre in the Nutrition Facts Table (NFT) (e.g. Bakery products, cereals, alimentary pastes) Compliance 1 12 Individual consumer units randomly selected from a lot Sample foods such as bakery products, cereals, alimentary pastes or any other product with a fibre claim or with a significant amount of fibre declared in the NFT.
FEN0 01 Various products which make fibre claims, or which declare a significant amount of fibre in the Nutrition Facts Table (NFT) (e.g. Bakery products, cereals, alimentary pastes) Legal 3 12 Individual consumer units randomly selected from a lot Sample foods such as bakery products, cereals, alimentary pastes or any other product with a fibre claim or with a significant amount of fibre declared in the NFT.
FEN0 02 Various IMFP products which make calorie or energy claims Monitoring 3 n/a 250g N/A
FEN0 02 Various IMFP products which make calorie or energy claims Compliance 1 12 Individual consumer units randomly selected from a lot N/A
FEN0 02 Various IMFP products which make calorie or energy claims Legal 3 36 Individual consumer units randomly selected from a lot N/A
FEN0 02 A Various IMFP products which make calorie claims and which contain non-caloric sweeteners such as Sugar Alcohols, sucralose, inulin or oligosaccharides. Monitoring 3 n/a 250g Sample foods with calorie claims and which contain non-caloric sweeteners such as sugar alcohols, sucralose, inulin, or oligosaccharides.
FEN0 02 A Various IMFP products which make calorie claims and which contain non-caloric sweeteners such as Sugar Alcohols, sucralose, inulin or oligosaccharides Compliance 1 12 Individual consumer units randomly selected from a lot Sample foods with calorie claims and which contain non-caloric sweeteners such as sugar alcohols, sucralose, inulin, or oligosaccharides.
FEN0 02 A Various IMFP products which make calorie claims and which contain non-caloric sweeteners such as Sugar Alcohols, sucralose, inulin or oligosaccharides Legal 3 12 Individual consumer units randomly selected from a lot Sample foods with calorie claims and which contain non-caloric sweeteners such as sugar alcohols, sucralose, inulin, or oligosaccharides.
FEN0 03 Various IMFP products which make fatty acid declarations Monitoring 3 n/a 250g

Sample foods with fat and /or fatty acid claims, and those that declare fat, saturated fats, and trans-fats in the Nutrition Facts Table.

Focus on products with omega-3, omega-6, trans and saturates declarations or quantitative statements for fatty acids, including DHA (docosahexanoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid).

FEN0 03 Various IMFP products which make fatty acid declarations Compliance 1 12 Individual consumer units randomly selected from a lot

Sample foods with fat and /or fatty acid claims, and those that declare fat, saturated fats, and trans-fats in the Nutrition Facts Table.

Focus on products with omega-3, omega-6, trans and saturates declarations or quantitative statements for fatty acids, including DHA (docosahexanoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid).

FEN0 03 Various IMFP products which make fatty acid declarations Legal 3 12 Individual consumer units randomly selected from a lot

Sample foods with fat and /or fatty acid claims, and those that declare fat, saturated fats, and trans-fats in the Nutrition Facts Table.

Focus on products with omega-3, omega-6, trans and saturates declarations or quantitative statements for fatty acids, including DHA (docosahexanoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid).

FEN0 04 Various IMFP ground beef products which declare the grams of fat per serving on the label, but which do not provide information about the products fatty acid profile Monitoring 3 n/a 250g

Sample high-fat products that have a nutrition information panel and products that have low-fat declarations but may contain higher fat.

Send samples to the Ottawa (Carling) lab.

FEN0 04 Various IMFP ground beef products which declare the grams of fat per serving on the label, but which do not provide information about the products fatty acid profile Compliance 1 12 Individual consumer units randomly selected from a lot

Sample high-fat products that have a nutrition information panel and products that have low-fat declarations but may contain higher fat.

Send samples to the Ottawa (Carling) lab.

FEN0 04 Various IMFP ground beef products which declare the grams of fat per serving on the label, but which do not provide information about the products fatty acid profile Legal 3 12 Individual consumer units randomly selected from a lot

Sample high-fat products that have a nutrition information panel and products that have low-fat declarations but may contain higher fat.

Send samples to the Ottawa (Carling) lab.

FEN0 05 Various IMFP products with protein declarations Monitoring 3 n/a 250g Sample food products that have protein declaration in the Nutrition Facts Table.
FEN0 05 Various IMFP products with protein declarations Compliance 1 12 Individual consumer units randomly selected from a lot Sample food products that have protein declaration in the Nutrition Facts Table.
FEN0 05 Various IMFP products with protein declarations Legal 3 12 Individual consumer units randomly selected from a lot Sample food products that have protein declaration in the Nutrition Facts Table.
FEN0 06 Various IMFP products with claims regarding sodium / potassium content Monitoring 3 n/a 250 g

Sample low-salt products, products with sodium claims and products with comparative claims for salt (e.g. soups, soup mixes, broths, etc.).

For products with sodium claims, if it contains potassium salts, ensure it is declared in the NFT.

FEN0 06 Various IMFP products with claims regarding sodium / potassium content Compliance 1 12 Individual consumer units randomly selected from a lot

Sample low-salt products, products with sodium claims and products with comparative claims for salt (e.g. soups, soup mixes, broths, etc.).

For products with sodium claims, if it contains potassium salts, ensure it is declared in the NFT.

FEN0 06 Various IMFP products with claims regarding sodium / potassium content Legal 3 12 Individual consumer units randomly selected from a lot

Sample low-salt products, products with sodium claims and products with comparative claims for salt (e.g. soups, soup mixes, broths, etc.).

For products with sodium claims, if it contains potassium salts, ensure it is declared in the NFT.

FEN0 07 Various IMFP products with sugar claims Monitoring 3 n/a 250g Sample carbohydrate-reduced products, or products with sugar claims. Also verify the sugar declaration in the Nutrition Facts Table.
FEN0 07 Various IMFP products with sugar claims Compliance 1 12 Individual consumer units randomly selected from a lot

Sample carbohydrate-reduced products, or products with sugar claims.

Also verify the sugar declaration in the Nutrition Facts Table.

FEN0 07 Various IMFP products with sugar claims Legal 3 12 Individual consumer units randomly selected from a lot

Sample carbohydrate-reduced products, or products with sugar claims.

Also verify the sugar declaration in the Nutrition Facts Table.

FEN0 09 Various IMFP juice products with compositional claims Juices from concentrate, juices not from concentrate, mixed juices: 1 L n/a n/a n/a

Sample ready-to-drink orange juice fresh or from concentrate, apple juice, orange-grapefruit juice, orange-mandarin juice, lemon juice and lemon concentrate.

Note: Please ensure that it is a juice and not a drink or beverage.

FEN0 13 Total sulphites found in various IMFP products Compliance 3 n/a 500g
(ground meat)
Submit samples of foods that have failed malachite green screen testing (e.g. ground beef).
FEN0 13 Total sulphites found in various IMFP products Compliance 5 n/a 100g
(all other foods)

Submit samples of foods that normally contain sulphites when there is insufficient information available during inspections or from the manufacturer (importer) to validate a list of ingredients that does not include sulphites or to support a "sulphite free" claim.

Foods that normally contain sulphites include fruit spreads and beverages, dried fruit and vegetable products, light-coloured foods (e.g. coconut, peeled potatoes for French fries, apple pie filling), and nuts.

Also submit samples of foods that have failed malachite green screen testing.

Do not submit foods that contain peanuts and/or sunflower seeds, as these foods interfere with sulphite analysis.

FEN0 13 Total sulphites found in various IMFP products Legal 3 5 100g

Submit samples of foods that normally contain sulphites when there is insufficient information available during inspections or from the manufacturer (importer) to validate a list of ingredients that does not include sulphites or to support a "sulphite free" claim.

Foods that normally contain sulphites include fruit spreads and beverages, dried fruit and vegetable products, light-coloured foods (e.g. coconut, peeled potatoes for French fries, apple pie filling), and nuts. Also submit samples of foods that have failed malachite green screen testing (e.g. ground beef).

Also submit samples of foods that have failed malachite green screen testing.

Do not submit foods that contain peanuts and/or sunflower seeds, as these foods interfere with sulphite analysis.

Also submit samples of foods that have failed malachite green screen testing.

FEN0 15 Fresh or processed fruit or vegetable products with "no pesticides" or "organic" claims n/a n/a n/a 2.5 Kg

Sample fresh or processed fruit or vegetable products with "no pesticides" or "organic" claims.

Samples may be sent fresh to the laboratory if they will be received within a few days. Otherwise, wrap products in aluminium foil and freeze prior to shipping.

Send samples to the Ottawa (Carling) lab.

Do not submit meat samples.

Note: the laboratory is now also testing for thiabendazole, a widely used post-harvest systemic fungicide applied as a dip or spray to apples, citrus fruits, pears, strawberries and carrots.

FEN0 20 Various IMFP products with MSG declarations n/a n/a n/a 250g or mL Sample foods with "no MSG" claims that do not contain tomatoes, cheese, mushrooms, HVP (hydrolyzed vegetable protein) or algae, such as dried soup mixes, spice mixtures, seasoned products, etc., with no MSG declared in the ingredient list. Send samples to the Ottawa (Carling) lab.
FEN0 21 Composition of various IMFP olive oil products Monitoring n/a n/a

500 mL

Or 500 mL of oil

(for product packed in oil)

Sample olive oil, and products that are packed in olive oil. Send samples that contain only olive oil in the list of ingredients. If other oils are listed, the lab will not be able to assess if the olive oil is authentic.
FEN0 21 Composition of various IMFP olive oil products Legal 3 n/a 500 mL Sample olive oil, and products that are packed in olive oil. Send samples that contain only olive oil in the list of ingredients. If other oils are listed, the lab will not be able to assess if the olive oil is authentic. For more information on Legal Sampling procedures, please consult the IMFP Inspection Manual.
FEN0 22 Composition of various IMFP vegetable oil products Monitoring 3 n/a 500 mL Sample almond oil, avocado oil, grapeseed oil, walnut oil, hazelnut oil, macadamia oil, sesame oil imported from Asia, and other expensive oils.
FEN0 22 Composition of various IMFP vegetable oil products Legal 3 n/a 500 mL

Sample almond oil, avocado oil, grapeseed oil, walnut oil, hazelnut oil, macadamia oil, sesame oil imported from Asia, and other expensive oils.

For more information on Legal sampling procedures, please consult the IMFP Inspection Manual.

FEN0 23 Composition of various chocolate products n/a n/a n/a 250g It is best to sample chocolate with no nuts, fruits or beans included in the sample such as almonds, peanuts, fruit, or coffee beans coated with chocolate since they potentially can interfere with the analysis. You can obtain chocolate samples from the bulk section of the grocery store (e.g. chocolate chips or chocolate pieces). Dark chocolate samples are easier to analyse; it is easier to determine if the product has been adulterated. Although milk chocolate samples are more difficult to analyse they can still be tested.
FEN0 25 Various IMFP cheese products which may have been adulterated with lactose or other fats n/a n/a n/a 250g Sample cheap "parmesan" or "romano" cheese preparations.
FEN0 27 Various IMFP products which have "X-Free" claims on the product labelling n/a n/a 5 100g.
For pre-package consumer size products, it is encouraged to take the whole package as a sub-sample if it is 100 - 250 g sample.

This FEN0 can be used to support inspection of suspect samples and post recall compliance activities in addition to reviewing the compliance of any foods making claims about the absence of allergens in foods. Choose as samples only those foods where the 'X-Free' claim is made and the 'X' ingredient or any derivatives are not declared in the ingredient list. The claim can be made using words or symbols (e.g., picture of a cow with an 'X' through it.)

Note that foods bearing 'MSG Free' claims should be submitted under FEN0 20, and 'Sulphite Free' claims under FEN0 13.

"Nut-Free" claims: The laboratory can analyse the following tree nuts: almond, hazelnut, and walnut.

"Gluten-Free" claims: Choose products with "gluten-free" claims. Note: the analytical test can detect only the presence of gluten. It cannot determine the source of the gluten. Therefore, do not submit samples of food bearing only "wheat-free" claims (as the gluten may be present from other sources such as rye).

"Dairy-Free" claims: Choose products with "dairy-free" or "milk-free" claims. Note: the method used by the laboratories will also detect milk from other sources such as sheep and goats.

"Egg-Free" Claims: Choose products with "egg-free" claims.

"Soy-Free" claims: Choose from products with "soy-free" claims.

"Peanut-free": Choose products with "peanut-free" claims. Note that peanuts are not "nuts."

Do not submit samples with "lactose-free" claims, as the food may contain milk protein from other ingredient sources.

For more information on allergen testing, reference the Allergen Labs Methods Summary (RDIMS# 3481914).

Since a positive result is likely to result in a product recall, laboratories have agreed to provide results within 10 days of the "date in lab". Any positive results must be immediately communicated to OFSR for their review. Should recall action be recommended, use IMS and engage IMFP as per the Agency's recall protocol.

For 2003 Guide policy on Negative Claims Pertaining to Absence or Non-Addition of A Substance, see Section 4.3 of the Guide to Food Labelling and Advertising.

FEN0 28 Various IMFP meat products which may have been adulterated with meat from a species other than what is declared on the product label n/a n/a n/a More than 100g

Sample ground meat prepared at retail. The laboratory can test for sheep, cow, pig and poultry. Other species may be available in consultation with the laboratory. Both cooked and raw products can be submitted, but samples that are very highly heat-processed are difficult to test because the proteins become too denatured.

Provide the laboratory with the ingredient list from the package, so that the laboratory can confirm the expected species and assess the possibility of interferences from other ingredients. If this is not possible, the claimed species should be provided.

FEN0 31 Various IMFP dairy products which have percent fat declarations on the product label n/a 3 n/a 250 mL or g Sample dairy products for verification of compliance with the minimum dairy fat content standard and/or "% fat" declarations, such as for cheese packed at retail. Moisture content will be affected by environmental surroundings. If possible, sample unopened bulk product rather than the opened customer sample due to moisture variations that might alter the test result. The results obtained will be compared to the standards for dairy products (Food and Drug Regulations and Dairy Products Regulations) and not to the amount of fat declared on the Nutrition Facts table.
FEN0 37 Various IMFP products which make cholesterol claims on the product label Monitoring 3 n/a 250 mL Sample foods that have cholesterol claims and/or values of cholesterol in the NFT. Ensure the food contains fat as well.
FEN0 37 Various IMFP products which make cholesterol claims on the product label Compliance 1 12 Individual consumer units randomly selected from a lot Sample foods that have cholesterol claims and/or values of cholesterol in the NFT. Ensure the food contains fat as well.
FEN0 37 Various IMFP products which make cholesterol claims on the product label Legal 3 12 Individual consumer units randomly selected from a lot Sample foods that have cholesterol claims and/or values of cholesterol in the NFT. Ensure the food contains fat as well.
FEN0 39 Various IMFP seasoning salt products which make salt declarations on the product label n/a n/a n/a 250g

Sample standardized seasoning salts – celery salt, garlic salt, onion salt (Division 7, Food and Drug Regulations).

Do not include products with sodium claims such as "no sodium," "sodium-free" and "low sodium."

FEN0 41 A
FEN0 41 B
Various IMFP plant-based beverage products which make claims concerning vitamin, protein and mineral content n/a 6 n/a L

Sample plant-based beverages (naming the plant source, e.g. soy, rice, oatmeal, almond) to which vitamins or mineral nutrients have been added to assess the adequacy of the actual nutrient content in relation to label declarations and the composition requirements of Interim Marketing Authorization (IMA) 1043.

Mineral analysis is done for Zinc, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, sodium, iron and protein.

FEN0 46 Composition of various IMFP juice and beverage products / verification of percent juice claims Juices from concentrate, juices not from concentrate, mixed juices, drinks, beverages n/a n/a L

Sample cheaper fruit juices, decharacterized juices, beverages bearing "contains 25% juice" claims.

We are looking at fresh juices and blends of juices. Note that complex juice blends or specific ingredients such as tropical juices, peach juice, pear juice, grape juice and/or dairy products, organic acids and flavourings are difficult to assess. Focus on pomegranate juice.

Decharacterized juice is juice that has gone through a process like de-ionization or some kind of ion exchange resin. This often changes the mineral profile and sometimes the polyphenolic profile of the juice. It does not change the sugar content. In some cases, decharacterization is difficult to detect, as some companies add the polyphenolics, flavonoids or minerals back in. It is often used to adjust the acidity of the juice. Decharacterized juice must be declared as decharacterized in the list of ingredients.

FEN0 48 Various IMFP products which may contain artificial sweeteners Monitoring 3 n/a 250g

Sample jams, dried fruit/pickled fruits or vegetables imported from Asia, sauces, and fruit drinks.

The laboratory tests for cyclamates and saccharin.

Send samples to the Ottawa (Carling) lab.

FEN0 52 Various IMFP juice and beverage products with claims concerning vitamin C content n/a 3 n/a 250 mL, or 500 mL, or 1 L Sample juice drinks, juices or drinks with added vitamin C or bearing vitamin C claims.
FEN0 54 Verification of irradiation claims on various IMFP Spice products n/a 1 n/a Consumer unit
(20g minimum)

Irradiated spices are required to be labelled as per B.01.035 of the FDR. Sample spices that are not labelled as irradiated; look especially for black or white pepper, paprika, chili peppers, chili powder, cinnamon, curry powder and oregano.

No spice blends will be analyzed.

Specify the source of the spices (country of origin), when known, on the submission form.

FEN0 56 Various IMFP meat and poultry products which make product handling claims concerning "fresh" and "previously frozen" n/a 1 n/a 250g

Sample suspected previously frozen red meat or poultry. Ensure that the product label does not bear a statement to the effect that the product was thawed.

Note: No fish, seafood, sausages, ground or processed meat (e.g. sausages, seasoned or tenderized meat).

Packing of samples: meat samples must be shipped to the laboratory in a cooler, without ice packs, as soon as possible. The samples must not be shipped with ice packs, as ice packs chill the product considerably and contribute to false positives.

Day of shipping: as for other perishable samples, these should be shipped as of Monday, but must be received at the laboratory no later than Thursday morning.

Let the lab know what types of samples are coming in so they have time to purchase samples of meat for use in the analysis. Also let them know if the samples will be sent in after the "date in lab". This is to ensure they are able to process the sample as soon as possible before the sample spoils.

FEN0 57 Verification of nutritional claims for iron, vitamins A&C and calcium which are made on various IMFP products Monitoring 9 n/a 250g We assume that "0% daily value (DV)" declarations for these nutrients are correct and do not verify these by testing.
FEN0 57 Verification of nutritional claims for iron, vitamins A&C and calcium which are made on various IMFP products Compliance 1 12 Individual consumer units randomly selected from a lot We assume that "0% daily value (DV)" declarations for these nutrients are correct and do not verify these by testing.
FEN0 57 Verification of nutritional claims for iron, vitamins A&C and calcium which are made on various IMFP products Legal 3 12 Individual consumer units randomly selected from a lot We assume that "0% daily value (DV)" declarations for these nutrients are correct and do not verify these by testing.
FEN0 58 A Verification of the authenticity of various IMFP Spice products n/a 1 n/a 150g

For whole or cracked spices:

Submit 1 × 150g sample to the Ottawa Laboratory. Use this sampling FEN0 survey to verify the composition of spices for which a standard is prescribed in Division 7 of the Food and Drug Regulations. Focus on whole or cracked spices (e.g. peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon sticks etc.).

Note: If inspectors are sampling for saffron (an expensive item) please contact HQ to determine the quantity and destination of the sample.

FEN0 58 B Verification of the authenticity of various IMFP ground spice products n/a 1 n/a 150g For ground spices:
  • Submit 1 × 150g sample to the Longueil Laboratory.
  • Use this for ground spices (such as paprika, chilli, turmeric, and pepper) which may have been cut with wheat flour, soy or other types of flours, and where colours may have been added.
  • The sample will be tested for gluten, soy and colours.
Note: If inspectors are sampling for saffron (an expensive item) please contact HQ to determine the quantity and destination of the sample.
FEN0 59 Verification of fish species claims made on various IMFP products n/a 1 n/a 100g Keep the sample frozen to prevent deterioration.

IV. Analysis and Assessment Criteria

See Labelling website on the CFIA Intranet site (Merlin) (For internal use only) for information on assessment of labelling and claims.

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