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Labelling requirements for dairy products
Grade name

All references to the "Compendium" in this section refer to the Canadian Grade Compendium. The Canadian Grade Compendium, Volume 4 – Dairy Products specifies the grade requirements for dairy products and Volume 9 – Import Grade Requirements specifies import grade requirements.

Dairy products, except for dairy products that are exported, have optional grades. If they are graded and traded interprovincially, or imported, they must meet the requirements set out in the Compendium for the applicable grade and must be labelled accordingly [307(b), SFCR]. For consumer prepackaged dairy products, the grade name must be shown on the principal display panel in characters of at least the minimum height set out in column 2 of Schedule 6 for the area of a principal display surface set out in column 1 [312(b), SFCR].

Licence holders can apply a grade name to, and use one of the following grade names in connection with, a dairy product if it is identified in their licence and if the dairy product has been graded by a licence holder [308(1)(d), SFCR].

Grade name for butter, calorie-reduced butter, dairy spread, light butter or lite butter, whey butter and cheddar cheese:

[1(1), Compendium, Volume 4 – Dairy Products]

Grade names for dry milk products:

[1(2), Compendium, Volume 4 – Dairy Products]

Imported dairy products that are graded by a licence holder must use the applicable Canadian grade names above, rather than a foreign grade designation [2(2), Compendium, Volume 9 – Import Grade Requirements].

For graded dairy products, the grade name must be displayed as shown [313, SFCR; 2(1), Compendium, Volume 4 – Dairy Products]:

Outline of a maple leaf with the text CANADA in uppercase and below that, the number 1.
Description for photo - Figure 1

Outline of a maple leaf with the following text written and centered inside: the word CANADA in uppercase, bold text, which is slightly curved, and below that, the number 1. The text CANADA 1 is the bilingual grade name of the dairy product.

Outline of a maple leaf with the text CANADA in uppercase and below that, the number 2.
Description for photo - Figure 2

Outline of a maple leaf with the following text written and centered inside: the word CANADA in uppercase, bold text, which is slightly curved, and below that, the number 2. The text CANADA 2 is the bilingual grade name of the dairy product.

The figures above may be white or any uniform colour [2(2), Compendium, Volume 4 – Dairy Products].

See grades for more information.

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