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Canadian Standards of Identity
Volume 4 – Processed Fruit or Vegetable Products

Although the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) came into force on January 15, 2019, certain requirements are being phased in over the following 12 to 30 months. For more information, refer to the SFCR timelines.

Interpretation

1. The following definitions apply in this Volume.

"acid ingredient" has the same meaning as in section B.11.001 of the Food and Drug Regulations. (ingrédient acide)

“colouring agent” means a food additive that is used to add or restore colour to a food. (colorant)

"FDR" means the Food and Drug Regulations. (RAD)

"sweetening ingredient" means white sugar, brown sugar, yellow sugar, golden sugar, liquid sugar, invert sugar, honey, cane sugar, maple sugar, maple syrup, molasses, refined sugar syrup, refiner's syrup, golden syrup, corn syrup, glucose, dextrose, fructose or any combination of those substances in dry or liquid form. (ingrédient édulcorant)

"thickener" means

Processed Fruit Products in Hermetically Sealed Packages

2. The standards set out in sections 3 to 10 apply to the processed fruit products referred to in those sections that are in a hermetically sealed package.

3. (1) (Naming the fruit) and mixed fruits are the foods that are prepared by heat processing one or more types of fresh fruit. They must be packaged in a liquid and may contain ascorbic acid, citric acid, sucralose and a flavouring preparation.

(2) The liquid referred to in subsection (1) may contain a sweetening ingredient and must contain one or more of the following:

(3) The standard set out in this section applies to all processed fruit products that are in a hermetically sealed package, including the processed fruit products set out in sections 4 to 9.

(4) Despite subsection (3), the standard set out in this section does not apply to the processed fruit product referred to in section 10.

4. Sliced Apples is the food that consists of segments of apples that are cut longitudinally and radially from the core. It may contain a firming agent.

5. (1) Maraschino Cherries, Crème de Menthe Cherries and Cocktail Cherries are the foods that consist of cherries of the sweet varietal group that are artificially coloured and flavoured during preparation. They may contain a preservative.

(2) Cocktail cherries must have their stems attached. Crème de menthe and maraschino cherries must not have their stems attached.

6. (1) Fruit Cocktail is the food that contains

(2) Cherries in fruit cocktail may contain colouring agents and added flavouring preparations.

7. (1) Fruits for Salad is the food that contains

(2) Cherries in fruits for salad may contain colouring agents and added flavouring preparations.

8. (1) Fruit Salad is the food that consists of a mixture of two or more types of diced, halved, quartered or sliced fruit. No one type of fruit may exceed 60% of the food by drained weight.

(2) Cherries in fruit salad may contain colouring agents and added flavouring preparations and, despite subsection (1), may be whole.

9. Plums and Prune Plums are the foods that consist of fresh ripened plums that have been stemmed and washed and that are packaged whole, unpeeled and unpitted.

10. (1) Apple Sauce is the food that is prepared by heat processing clean, sound, mature apples that have been washed, peeled, cored, trimmed, chopped and pulped. It may contain

(2) If a sweetening ingredient is added, the food must contain at least 18% soluble solids, as determined by a refractometer on the filtrate of the food.

Processed Vegetable Products in Hermetically Sealed Packages

11. The standards set out in sections 12 to 46 apply to the processed vegetable products referred to in those sections that are in a hermetically sealed package.

12. (1) (Naming the vegetable) and mixed vegetables are the foods that are prepared by heat processing one or more types of fresh vegetables in water. They may contain

(2) The standard set out in subsection (1) applies to all processed vegetable products that are in a hermetically sealed package, including the processed vegetable products set out in section 13 to 22.

(3) Despite subsection (2), the standard set out in subsection (1) does not apply to the processed vegetable products that are referred to in sections 23 to 46.

13. Mixed vegetables that are labelled with the word "macedoine" or "macédoine" must consist of three or more types of vegetables, none of which exceeds 60% of the food by drained weight.

14. (1) Vegetables in sauce must be prepared from one or more types of vegetables and a sauce. Each vegetable must meet any applicable standards set out in this Volume. The food may contain

(2) In the case of vegetables in butter sauce, the common name may only indicate the presence of butter if the food contains at least 3% butter by weight.

(3) In the case of vegetables in cheese sauce, the common name may only indicate the presence of cheese if the food contains at least 3% cheese by weight.

15. Asparagus is the food that is prepared from clean, sound asparagus. It may contain stannous chloride.

16. (1) Whole Corn or Cut Kernel Corn is the food that is prepared from clean, sound, succulent kernels of sweet corn that have been removed from the cob by cutting and that is packed in liquid, packed in brine or vacuum packed.

(2) If the food described in subsection (1) is labelled with the word or expression "with seasoning" or "seasoned" or "avec assaisonnement", it may contain a natural flavouring ingredient and any vegetable in an amount not more than 15% of the food by weight.

17. Cream Style Corn is the food that is prepared from clean, sound, succulent kernels of sweet corn. It must have a uniformly creamy consistency and may contain starch.

18. Onions is the food that is prepared from clean, sound, fresh onions. It may contain seasoning and spices.

19. Peas is the food that is prepared from clean, sound, succulent, shelled peas of smooth skinned or late maturing sweet wrinkled varieties. It may contain

20. (1) Peas and Carrots is the food that contains at least 52% and not more than 75% peas by drained weight and at least 25% and not more than 48% diced carrots by drained weight.

(2) Carrots and Peas is the food that contains at least 52% and not more than 75% diced carrots by drained weight and at least 25% and not more than 48% peas by drained weight.

21. Sweet Potatoes is the food that consists of sweet potatoes that are packaged in water or a syrup or that are vacuum packed without any liquid packaging medium.

22. Green Beans with Seasoning and Wax Beans with Seasoning are the foods that are prepared from green or wax beans. They must contain at least 85% green or wax beans by weight and may contain

23. Hominy Corn is the food that is prepared by heat processing yellow or white dried mature corn and that is packaged in water. It may be processed with a bleaching agent and may contain

24. Mushrooms, Whole Mushrooms, Button Mushrooms, Sliced Button Mushrooms and Sliced Mushrooms are the foods that are prepared by heat processing clean, sound, fresh, cultivated mushrooms in water. They may contain

25. (1) Mushrooms, Stems and Pieces and Mushrooms, Pieces and Stems are the foods that are prepared by heat processing clean, sound, cut stems and broken cap portions of cultivated mushrooms in water. They may contain

(2) Mushrooms, stems and pieces must contain at least 20% cap portions by drained weight.

(3) Mushrooms, pieces and stems must contain at least 50% cap portions by drained weight.

26. (1) Creamed Mushrooms is the food that is prepared by heat processing whole, sliced or chopped portions of cultivated mushrooms to which is added a cream sauce. The food must contain at least 35% whole, sliced or chopped portions of cultivated mushrooms by weight and at least 3% refined vegetable or animal fat by weight and may contain citric acid and ascorbic acid.

(2) The cream sauce may contain

(3) For the purposes of paragraph (2)(a), "milk solids" has the same meaning as in Volume 1, Dairy Products.

27. Pumpkin is the food that is prepared from clean, sound, ripe common field pumpkins of golden-fleshed varieties of the genus Cucurbita L. by stemming, cutting, steaming and reducing the pumpkins to a pulp through a fine mesh sieve. It must contain at least 51% pumpkin by weight and may contain

28. Squash is the food that is prepared from clean, sound, ripe common field squash of varieties of the genus Cucurbita L. by stemming, cutting, steaming and reducing the squash to a pulp through a fine mesh sieve. It must contain at least 51% squash by weight and may contain

29. (1) Sauerkraut is the food that results from the fermentation, obtained naturally or through the addition of bacterial culture, of shredded cabbage that is heat processed and to which salt is added. It must contain at least 1% acid expressed as lactic and may contain natural flavouring ingredients.

(2) For the purposes of subsection (1), acidity must be determined by direct titration with standard tenth normal sodium hydroxide solution, using phenolphthalein to indicate the end point.

30. (1) Sauerkraut with Preservative is the food that results from the fermentation, obtained naturally or through the addition of bacterial culture, of shredded cabbage that is not heat processed and to which salt and benzoic, sorbic or sulphurous acid, or one of their salts, are added.

(2) Sauerkraut with preservative may contain

31. (1) Tomatoes is the food that is prepared by heat processing clean, sound, ripe tomatoes of red or reddish varieties that are peeled and cored and that are packaged whole, almost whole, in large pieces or in wedges or are packaged sliced, diced or chopped. It may contain

(2) In this section,

32. Stewed Tomatoes is the food that meets the standard set out in section 31, except that the tomatoes must be trimmed and the food may contain

33. For standards set out in sections 31 and 32, mould filaments, if present, must not appear in more than 25% of the microscopic fields.

34. Tomato Puree is the food that meets the standard set out in section B.11.012 of the FDR and that contains at least 12% tomato solids.

35. Tomato Pulp is the food that meets the standard set out in section B.11.011 of the FDR and that contains at least 12% tomato solids.

36. Tomato Paste is the food that meets the standard set out in section B.11.009 of the FDR.

37. Concentrated Tomato Paste is the food that meets the standard set out in section B.11.010 of the FDR.

38. Tomato Catsup, Catsup, Tomato Ketchup or Ketchup is the food that meets the standard set out in section B.11.014 of the FDR, except that it may contain

39. Tomato Chili Sauce is the food that is prepared by heat processing clean, sound, well-ripened, whole tomatoes that have been chopped or crushed, with peelings screened out in a manner that allows a substantial portion of the seeds to remain in the food. It must contain vinegar, salt, seasoning and a sweetening ingredient. It may contain any other natural vegetable flavouring ingredient in a quantity that does not materially alter the appearance of the food with respect to the predominance of the tomato ingredients.

40. For standards set out in sections 34 to 39, mould filaments, if present, must not appear in more than 50% of the microscopic fields.

41. Bean Sprouts is the food that is prepared by heat processing clean, sound sprouts of the mung bean. It may contain

42. Vegetables for chop suey must be prepared by heat processing clean, sound sprouts of the mung bean together with other fresh vegetables. They may contain

43. Beans with Pork or Beans and Pork is the food that is prepared by heat processing dried beans and pork in water. It may contain

44. Beans or Vegetarian Beans is the food that is prepared by heat processing dried beans in water. It may contain

45. Ripe Peas, Dried Soaked Peas, Dry Peas and Cooked Dry Peas are the foods that are prepared by heat processing ripe or dried peas in water. They may contain

46. Ripe Lima Beans, Dried Soaked Lima Beans, Dry Lima Beans and Cooked Dry Lima Beans are the foods that are prepared by heat processing ripe or dried lima beans in water. They may contain

Frozen Processed Fruit Products

47. (1) Frozen (Naming the fruit) and frozen mixed fruits are the foods that are prepared by freezing one or more types of fresh fruit. They may contain

(2) The standard set out in this section applies to all frozen processed fruit products, including the frozen processed fruit products referred to in sections 48 to 51.

48. Frozen Sliced Apples is the food that consists of segments of apples that have been cut longitudinally and radially from the core. It may contain

49. (1) Frozen Fruit Cocktail is the food that contains

(2) Cherries contained in frozen fruit cocktail may contain colouring agents and added flavouring preparations.

50. (1) Frozen Fruits for Salad is the food that contains

(2) Cherries contained in frozen fruits for salad may contain colouring agents and added flavouring preparations.

51. (1) Frozen Fruit Salad is the food that contains a mixture of two or more types of diced, halved, quartered or sliced fruit. No one type of fruit may exceed 60% of the food by drained weight.

(2) Cherries contained in frozen fruit salad may contain colouring agents and added flavouring preparations and, despite subsection (1), may be whole.

Frozen Processed Vegetable Products

52. (1) Frozen (Naming the vegetable) and frozen mixed vegetables are the foods that are prepared by blanching and freezing one or more types of fresh vegetables. They may contain

(2) The standard set out in subsection (1) applies to all frozen processed vegetable products, including the frozen processed vegetable products referred to in sections 53 and 54.

(3) Despite subsection (2), the standard set out in subsection (1) does not apply to the frozen processed vegetable products referred to in sections 55 to 58.

53. (1) Frozen Peas and Carrots is the food that consists of at least 52% and not more than 75% peas by weight and at least 25% and not more than 48% diced, sliced or whole carrots by weight.

(2) Frozen Carrots and Peas is the food that consists of at least 52% and not more than 75% diced, sliced or whole carrots by weight and at least 25% and not more than 48% peas by weight.

54. Frozen Mushrooms is the food that meets the standard set out in section B.11.003A of the FDR.

55. Frozen Onions is the food that is prepared by freezing clean, sound, fresh onions that have been sliced, chopped or diced. It may contain

56. Frozen French Fried Potatoes is the food that is prepared by freezing mature, sound potatoes that have been cleaned, sorted, trimmed, cut into strips, blanched and processed in vegetable oil. It may contain

57. Frozen Cooked Squash is the food that is prepared by freezing clean, sound, ripe common field squash of varieties of the genus Cucurbita L. that have been stemmed, cut, steamed and reduced to a pulp through a fine mesh sieve.

58. Frozen Uncooked Squash is the food that is prepared by freezing clean, sound, ripe common field squash of varieties of the genus Cucurbita L. that have been stemmed, cut and blanched.

59. (1) Bacterial count for the standards set out in sections 52 to 58 must not exceed

(2) Bacterial count standards set out in subsection (1) shall be applied only at the plant level on domestic production and at the time of entry into Canada in the case of imported frozen vegetables.

Fruit Juices

60. (1) (Naming the fruit) Juice and mixed fruit juice are the unfermented liquids that are obtained from one or more types of sound, clean, ripe fresh fruit. They may contain

(2) The standard set out in subsection (1) applies to all fruit juices that are prepared without any concentration or dilution.

(3) Despite subsection (2), the standard set out in subsection (1) does not apply to apple juice and grape juice.

61. (1) Apple Juice is the food that consists of unfermented liquid that is obtained from the first pressing of sound, clean, mature, fresh apples or apple parts and that is prepared without any concentration or dilution. It may contain

(2) Despite subsection (1), concentrated apple juice or apple juice from concentrate may be added to apple juice if the concentrated apple juice or apple juice from concentrate

(3) The styles of apple juice are

62. Concentrated Apple Juice or Apple Juice Concentrate is the food that is prepared from apple juice that is concentrated to at least 68% soluble solids.

63. Frozen Concentrated Apple Juice is the food that is prepared by freezing apple juice that is concentrated to at least one-half its original volume.

64. Apple Juice from Concentrate is the food that is obtained by adding water to concentrated apple juice. It may contain

65. (1) Grape Juice is the food that consists of unfermented liquid that is obtained from sound, clean, ripe grapes. It must be prepared without any concentration or dilution and must contain

(2) Grape juice may contain

(3) For the purposes of this section and sections 66 and 67,

66. (1) Concentrated Grape Juice or Grape Juice Concentrate is the food that is prepared from grape juice that is concentrated to contain at least 30% soluble grape solids by weight as determined by a refractometer at 20°C, uncorrected for acidity.

(2) Concentrated grape juice or grape juice concentrate may

67. (1) Grape Juice from Concentrate is the food that is prepared by adding water to concentrated grape juice or by adding concentrated grape juice to grape juice. It must contain

(2) Grape juice from concentrate may contain

68. (1) Frozen Concentrated Orange Juice is the food that is prepared by freezing concentrated orange juice that is prepared from

(2) Frozen concentrated orange juice may contain

(3) Frozen concentrated orange juice must not contain mould filaments in more than 10% of the microscopic fields.

69. (1) Sweetened Frozen Concentrated Orange Juice is the food that consists of frozen concentrated orange juice that contains a sweetening ingredient.

(2) Before the addition of any sweetening ingredient, the frozen concentrated orange juice must meet the requirements for frozen concentrated orange juice, grade Canada C, that are set out in the Compendium.

Vegetable Juices

70. (1) (Naming the vegetable) Juice and mixed vegetable juice are the pasteurized liquids that are obtained from one or more types of sound, clean, fresh vegetables. They may contain

(2) The standard set out in subsection (1) applies to all vegetable juices that are prepared without any concentration or dilution.

(3) Despite subsection (2), the standard set out in subsection (1) does not apply to tomato juice.

71. Tomato juice is the food that meets the standard set out in section B.11.007 of the FDR, except that it may contain a sweetening ingredient.

72. Concentrated Tomato Juice or Tomato Juice Concentrate is the food that consists of tomato juice that is concentrated to contain at least 21% but less than 25% salt-free tomato solids. It may contain

73. For standards set out in sections 71 and 72, mould filaments must not appear in more than 25% of the microscopic fields.

Jam

74. (Naming the fruit) Jam is the food that meets the standard set out in section B.11.201 of the FDR, except that it

75. (Naming the fruit) Jam with Pectin is the food that meets the standard set out in section B.11.202 of the FDR except that it may contain a sweetening ingredient.

76. Apple and (naming the fruit) Jam and Rhubarb and (naming the fruit) Jam are the foods that meet the standard set out in section B.11.203 of the FDR except that it may contain a sweetening ingredient.

Jelly

77. (Naming the fruit) Jelly is the food that meets the standard set out in section B.11.240 of the FDR, except that it

78. (Naming the fruit) Jelly with Pectin is the food that meets the standard set out in section B.11.241 of the FDR except that it may contain a sweetening ingredient.

79. The standards set out in sections 77 and 78 do not apply to cranberry jelly or jellied cranberries.

Marmalade

80. (Naming the citrus fruit) Marmalade is the food that meets the standard set out in section B.11.220 of the FDR, except that it may contain a preservative, a sweetening ingredient and concentrated juice.

81. (Naming the citrus fruit) Marmalade with Pectin is the food that meets the standard set out in section B.11.221 of the FDR except that it may contain a sweetening ingredient.

82. (Naming the fruit) Preserve or (Naming the fruit) Conserve is the food that meets the standard set out in section B.11.224 of the FDR, except that it may be processed with water and contains a sweetening ingredient.

Cranberries

83. Cranberry Jelly or Jellied Cranberries is the food that is prepared by boiling the juice and pulp of cranberries with water and a sweetening ingredient until it acquires a gelatinous consistency. It must contain at least 40% soluble solids, as determined by a refractometer, and may contain

84. Cranberries or Cranberry Sauce is the food that is prepared by heat processing cranberries with water and a sweetening ingredient. It must contain at least 40% soluble solids, as determined by a refractometer, and may contain

Glace Fruit and Cut Mixed Fruit

85. Glace Fruit or Cut Mixed Fruit is the food that is prepared by impregnating and glazing whole or cut mixed fruits with a sweetening ingredient. It must contain at least 68% soluble solids, as determined by a refractometer, and may contain

86. Fruit Peel or Cut Mixed Peel is the food that is prepared by impregnating and glazing the outer rinds of clean, sound fruits with a sweetening ingredient. It must contain at least 68% soluble solids, as determined by a refractometer, and may contain

Mincemeat

87. Mincemeat, Mince Meat, Mince or Fruit Mince is the food that meets the standard set out in section B.11.250 of the FDR.

Pie Filler

88. Pie Filler or Pie Filling is the food that is prepared by processing clean, sound, ripe fruits with a sweetening ingredient. It must contain at least 30% soluble solids – or, in the case of apple or pumpkin pie filler or pie filling, at least 20% soluble solids – as determined by a refractometer. It may contain

89. Pie fruits is the food that is prepared from clean, sound, ripe fruits that have been heat processed so as to allow the fruits to pack more closely. It may contain a sweetening ingredient.

Olives

90. Olives is the food that meets the standard set out in section B.11.050 of the FDR, except that the food may contain

Pickles, Relishes and Chutneys

91. Pickles and Relishes are the foods that meet the standard set out in section B.11.051 of the FDR, except that they

92. Chutney is the food that is prepared from clean, sound, fresh fruits or vegetables, with salt. It may contain

Nectars

93. Apricot Nectar, Peach Nectar and Pear Nectar are the foods that meet the standard set out in section B.11.134 of the FDR except that they may contain a sweetening ingredient. They must not contain mould filaments in more than 25% of the microscopic fields.

94. Prune Nectar is the food that is prepared by adding water to a concentrated water extract of dried prunes and that contains at least 18.5% soluble solids by weight as determined by a refractometer at 20°C, uncorrected for acidity. It may contain

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