Labelling requirements for fresh fruits and vegetables
Nutrition and health claims - fresh fruits or vegetables
Nutrient content claims, such as "Source of Vitamin C", and disease risk reduction claims, such as "A healthy diet rich in a variety of vegetables and fruit may help reduce the risk of some types of cancer", can be made on some fresh fruits or vegetables. A new health claim "A diet rich in a variety of vegetables and fruits may help reduce the risk of heart disease" is now permitted on qualifying fresh fruits or vegetables. The conditions for making these types of claims are prescribed in the tables following B.01.513 and B.01.603, respectively, of the FDR. The prescribed wording of these claims cannot be altered in any way. The presence of a nutrition or health claim on fresh fruits or vegetables without any added ingredients, an orange with added food colour or a fresh vegetable or fruit coated with mineral oil, paraffin wax, petrolatum or any other protective coating does not trigger a Nutrition Facts table [B.01.401(2)(c)(i), B.01.503(2.1), D.01.004(1.1), D.02.002(1.1), FDR].
Quantitative declarations of energy value and the amount of nutrients per serving of stated size may be permitted on labels or in advertisements for fresh fruits or vegetables that are always exempt from carrying a Nutrition Facts table. Such declarations will not trigger the requirement for a Nutrition Facts table.
For more information on the conditions for making nutrition and health claims, refer to Nutrient Content Claims and Health Claims.
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