Labelling Requirements for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Definitions

Canadian unit

Canadian unit means a unit of measurement that is set out in Schedule II to the Weights and Measures Act [198, SFCR].

Consumer prepackaged

Consumer prepackaged, in respect of a food, means packaged in a container (definition) in the manner in which the food is ordinarily sold to or used or purchased by an individual – or in which the food may reasonably be expected to be obtained by an individual – without being repackaged, to be used for non-commercial purposes [1, SFCR].

Container

Container means an outer receptacle or covering that is used or to be used in connection with a food. It includes a wrapper and a confining band but does not include a conveyance or any container that is an integral part of a conveyance [1, SFCR].

Foreign state

Foreign state includes a WTO Member as defined in subsection 2(1) of the World Trade Organization Agreement Implementation Act [1, SFCR].

Fresh fruits or vegetables

Fresh fruits or vegetables means any fresh plant or any fresh edible fungus, or any part of such a plant or fungus, that is a food [2(1), SFCR].

Grade name

Under the SFCA, grade name means a prescribed name, mark or designation of a food commodity [2, SFCA].

The SFCR further specify that, for the purposes of this definition, the grade names that are set out in the Compendium and in the Grades Document are prescribed in respect of foods [305, SFCR].

Metric unit

Metric unit means a unit of measurement that is set out in Schedule I to the Weights and Measures Act [198, SFCR].

Person

Person means an individual or an organization as defined in section 2 of the Criminal Code [2, FDA; 2, SFCA].

A person may therefore be an individual or an organization, and may include a consumer, a manufacturer, a retailer, an importer, a restaurant, any other commercial or industrial enterprise, an institution such as a school or hospital, and anyone else who sells, uses, or buys a food.

Prepackaged

Prepackaged, in respect of a food, means packaged in a container (definition) in the manner in which the food is ordinarily sold to or used or purchased by a person (definition), and includes consumer prepackaged (definition) [1, SFCR].

Prepackaged product

Prepackaged product means any food that is contained in a package in the manner in which it is ordinarily sold to or used or purchased by a person [B.01.001(1), FDR].

This definition of prepackaged product under the FDR is closely aligned with the definition of prepackaged food under the SFCR.

Principal display panel

Refer to subsection B.01.001(1) of the Food and Drug Regulations and section 1 of the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations, as applicable, for a definition of principal display panel. The definitions for this term in both these regulations are closely aligned [B.01.001(1), FDR; 1, 393(1), SFCR].

Principal display surface

Refer to section 1 of the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) for a definition of principal display surface, as it applies to consumer prepackaged (definition) food [1, SFCR].

Although the term "principal display surface" is not specifically defined in the SFCR for prepackaged (definition) other than consumer prepackaged food, the above definition will also be used with respect to type size requirements for net quantity, grade, size designation and country of origin information on the label of prepackaged fresh fruits or vegetables, other than consumer prepackaged fresh fruits or vegetables.

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