Labelling requirements for fish and fish products
Voluntary claims and statements
The term "light salted" with respect to fish is specifically permitted in the Food and Drug Regulations (FDR) [B.01.502(2)(k), FDR]. Using this term does not trigger the Nutrition Facts table on exempted foods. Please refer to Composition and Quality Claims for more information on "light" claims that are specifically permitted under B.01.502(2) of the FDR.
Refer to Nutrient Content Claims for more information on "light" claims. For more information on Salted Fish, refer to the Additional Terms section.
Method of production claims (e.g. sustainable, dolphin safe, etc.)
Claims concerning the method of production of fish and fish products are permissible provided they meet the criteria detailed on the Method of production claims page.
Use of the inspection legend
A licence holder is permitted to voluntarily apply to prepackaged fish (definition) that is interprovincially traded or exported from Canada the inspection legend set out in Figure 1 or 2 of Schedule 2 of the SFCR, provided the conditions set out in section 182 of the SFCR are met, including the standards set out in the Canadian Standards of Identity, Volume 3 – Fish. Refer to Inspection marks for more information on inspection legends.
The inspection legends consist of a circular outline containing a maple leaf with the word Canada written across the maple leaf. When Figure 1 is used, the number identifying the licence holder’s establishment must replace the numbers 00 that appears beneath the maple leaf [183, SFCR]. Alternatively, the number identifying the establishment may be omitted from the inspection legend altogether, as per Figure 2 illustrated below.
Please note that until January 14, 2022, inspection legends that comply with section 28 of the Fish Inspection Regulations will be deemed acceptable for use on fish product labels. As of January 15, 2022, the former inspection legends may no longer be used [374(3)(c), SFCR]. When the inspection legends are used, it is the responsibility of the regulated party to accurately reproduce these.
The inspection legend must meet the legibility and location requirements set out in the SFCR for mandatory information. It must be separate, distinct, and must not interfere with any mandatory labelling requirements. With respect to type size requirements, the numerals "00" in Figure 1 (i.e., the number identifying the licence holder's establishment) must be a minimum of 1.6 mm in height [208, 210, SFCR]. For Figure 1 and Figure 2, the word "Canada" must be distinguishable within the maple leaf [208, SFCR]. These legibility requirements correspond to a minimum circle diameter of the inspection legend of about 14 mm and the use of type that has a high level of colour contrast with the background label. The size of the inspection legend may be required to increase as the size of the package increases so that the inspection legend is prominently shown on the label. All components of the inspection legend must be in the same proportions as those shown in the inspection legends above to meet the legibility requirements in section 208 of the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR).
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