Labelling Requirements for Processed Fruit or Vegetable Products
Country of Origin - Processed Fruit or Vegetable Products

The label of an imported prepackaged (definition) processed fruit or vegetable product must bear the name of the country of origin. For an imported prepackaged processed fruit or vegetable product, country of origin refers to the country where the product was packaged [274(1), SFCR]. The country of origin can be declared as part of the name and principal place of business of the foreign packer (processor) or as a separate declaration, for example:

  • as part of the name and principal place of business of the foreign packer:
    • "ABC Cannery, Cleveland, Ohio, USA"
    • Packaged by: Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corp., Hilo, Hawaii 96720, USA
  • as a separate declaration indicating the country of origin:
    • "Product of USA"

All country names must be written out in full, except for the United States which may be abbreviated to USA as it is recognized worldwide.

Note: In the SFCR, country is referred to as foreign state (definition).

A Canadian packer who wishes to declare its product as being of Canadian origin must be careful to avoid giving misleading information to consumers. For information on "Product of Canada" and "Made in Canada" declarations, refer to the Guidelines for Product of Canada and Made in Canada claims.

Manner of Declaring

The country of origin must be declared in both official languages for consumer prepackaged (definition) processed fruit or vegetable products, when not declared as part of the name and principal place of business, and at least one official language for prepackaged other than consumer prepackaged products. It must be located on any part of the label other than solely on the bottom of the container. The words must be clearly and prominently shown on the label and readily discernible and legible, in characters that are at least 1.6 mm in height [B.01.012, FDR; 205(1), 206(1), 208, 245(2)(3), 274(2), SFCR].

When an imported prepackaged processed fruit or vegetable product is packaged for a Canadian importer under the importer's private label, the country of origin must be shown in characters that are [274(3), SFCR]:

  • at least 6.4 mm (1/4 inch) in height, if the net quantity is more than 283.5 g
  • at least 3.2 mm (1/8 inch) in height, if the net quantity is 283.5 g or less
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