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Labelling requirements for fresh fruits and vegetables
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Table 1 – Summary of labelling requirements for consumer prepackaged fresh fruits or vegetables

Fresh Fruits or Vegetables (FFV) – Consumer Prepackaged Containers
Requirements Type height/ legibility Location Language References

Common name – Mandatory

The name by which the food is generally known

Note:

  • Not required if FFV is visible and identifiable
  • For apples, common name not required since name of variety will be present on the label, as required.
minimum 1.6 mm on the principal display panel English and French

Common Name - Fresh Fruits or Vegetables

B.01.001(1), B.01.006, B.01.012, FDR;
1, 206(1), 210(2), 218(1)(a), 219, SFCR

Net quantity – Mandatory

  • In most cases, by weight, volume or numerical count. By numerical count for specific FFV. 
  • In metric units, or in both metric and Canadian units.
  • in distinct contrast to any other information on the label and numerical quantity in boldface type
  • type height in proportion to the principal display surface, in accordance with Schedule 6 of the SFCR
on the principal display panel English and French, unless bilingual symbols are used

Net Quantity - Fresh Fruits or Vegetables

206(1), 221, 229(1)(a), 230, 231(a), Schedule 6, SFCR

Name and principal place of business – Mandatory

Not required on FFV that are packaged at retail and are visible and identifiable in the container.

  • clearly and prominently shown, readily discernible and legible
  • minimum 1.6 mm
on any part of the label other than solely on the bottom of the container English or French

Name and Principal Place of Business - Fresh Fruits or Vegetables

B.01.005, B.01.007(1.1)(a) & (2), B.01.012(9), FDR;
206(1), 210(2), 211, 218(1)(b), 218(2), 220, SFCR

List of ingredients –

If multi-ingredient product, ingredients must be shown in descending order of their proportion. Single ingredient products are exempt.

Refer to List of Ingredients on any part of the label other than solely on the bottom of the container English and French

List of Ingredients - Fresh Fruits or Vegetables

B.01.008(1)(b), B.01.008.1, B.01.008.2, B.01.010, B.01.012, FDR;
218(1)(c), SFCR

Nutrition Facts table – Always exempt

Voluntary display permitted; if applied voluntarily, it must meet FDR requirements.

in proportion to the available display surface (ADS) any surface including the bottom if it is considered part of the ADS English and French

Nutrition Labelling - Fresh Fruits or Vegetables

B.01.401(2)(c)(i), FDR;
218(1)(c), SFCR

Grade –

Mandatory on FFV for which a grade is established in the SFCR. Grade optional for some FFV.

type height in proportion to the principal display surface, in accordance with Schedule 6 of the SFCR on the principal display panel English and French

Grade Name - Fresh Fruits or Vegetables

206(1), 306(1), 306(2)(b) and (c), 306(4)(b), 307(a), 312, Schedule 6, SFCR; CGC Table Note 1 Volumes 2 & 9

Size designation –

  • Mandatory only for specific sizes of asparagus, beets, carrots, sweet corn, greenhouse cucumbers, onions, parsnips, potatoes, rutabagas, field and greenhouse tomatoes and, in specific instances, untiered apples, as required by CGC Table Note 1 Volume 2
  • In metric units, Canadian units, metric and Canadian units, or in any of the word descriptions set out in CGC Table Note 1 Volume 2
type height in proportion to the principal display surface, in accordance with Schedule 6 of the SFCR In close proximity to the grade name English and French

Size Designation – Fresh Fruits or Vegetables

206(1) & (2), 321(a) to (c), Schedule 6, SFCR;
CGC Table Note 1 Volume 2

Country of origin – Mandatory on imported FFV.

Represents the country where the FFV were grown

  • in boldface type
  • type height in proportion to the principal display surface, in accordance with Schedule 6 of the SFCR
on the principal display panel and in close proximity to the net quantity or the grade name English and French

Country of Origin - Fresh Fruits or Vegetables

206(1) & (2), 269(1) to (3), 270, Schedule 6, SFCR

Variety name – mandatory for fresh whole apples minimum 1.6 mm on any part of the label other than solely on the bottom of the container English and French

Specific Requirements for Apples

206(1), 210(2), 245(2), 245(3), 268(1)(a), 268(3), SFCR

Irradiation symbol/statement – Mandatory (if applicable)

Must carry the irradiation symbol, as well as one of the irradiation statements

Refer to Irradiated Foods on the principal display panel English and French

Irradiated Foods - Fresh Fruits or Vegetables

B.01.035, FDR

Table Notes

Table note 1

The abbreviation CGC means Canadian Grade Compendium.

Return to table note 1  referrer

Table 2 – Summary of labelling requirements for prepackaged other than consumer prepackaged fresh fruits or vegetables

Fresh fruits or vegetables (FFV) – Prepackaged other than consumer prepackaged
Requirements Type height/ legibility Location Language References

Common name – Mandatory

The name by which the food is generally known

Note:

  • Not required if FFV is visible and identifiable
Clearly and prominently shown, readily discernible and legible on the principal display panel English or French

Common Name - Fresh Fruits or Vegetables

B.01.001(1), B.01.006, B.01.012, FDR;
1, 205(1), 208, 218(1)(a), 219(1)(a), SFCR

Net quantity – Mandatory

  • In most cases, by weight or volume. If in a bag, by weight. By numerical count for specific FFV.
  • In metric units, Canadian units, or in both metric and Canadian units
clearly and prominently shown, readily discernible and legible on any part of the label other than solely on the bottom of the container English or French

Net Quantity - Fresh Fruits or Vegetables

205(1), 208, 244, 245(2) & (3), 268(1)(b), 268(4), SFCR

Name and principal place of business – Mandatory clearly and prominently shown, readily discernible and legible on any part of the label other than solely on the bottom of the container English or French

Name and Principal Place of Business - Fresh Fruits or Vegetables

B.01.005, B.01.007(1.1)(a), B.01.012(9), FDR;
205(1), 208, 218(1)(b), 218(2), SFCR

List of ingredients –

If multi-ingredient product, ingredients must be shown in descending order of their proportion. Single ingredient products are exempt.

Refer to List of Ingredients on any part of the label other than solely on the bottom of the container English or French

List of Ingredients - Fresh Fruits or Vegetables

B.01.008(1)(b), B.01.008.1, B.01.008.2, B.01.010, B.01.012(11), FDR;
218(1)(c), SFCR

Nutrition Facts table – Always exempt

Voluntary display permitted; if applied voluntarily, it must meet FDR requirements.

in proportion to the available display surface (ADS) any surface including the bottom if it is considered part of the ADS English or French

Nutrition Labelling - Fresh Fruits or Vegetables

B.01.401(2)(c)(i), FDR;
218(1)(c), SFCR

Grade –

  • Mandatory on domestic FFV for which a grade is established in the SFCR or on imported FFV that is packed or repacked in Canada. Grade optional for some FFV.
  • Note: If the grade name is readily discernible and legible on consumer prepackaged FFV placed inside a 2nd container without having to open the 2nd container, the grade name is not required on the 2nd container
  • type height in proportion to the principal display surface, in accordance with Schedule 6 of the SFCR
  • minimum 1.6 mm, in the case of a reusable plastic container
any surface except the bottom English or French

Grade Name - Fresh Fruits or Vegetables

205(1), 306(1), 306(2)(c), 306(4)(b) & (c), 307(a), 320, Schedule 6, SFCR;
CGC Table Note 2 Volumes 2 & 9

Size designation –

  • Mandatory only for specific sizes of asparagus, beets, carrots, sweet corn, greenhouse cucumbers, onions, parsnips, potatoes, rutabagas, field and greenhouse tomatoes and, in specific instances, untiered apples, as required by CGC Table Note 2 Volume 2
  • In metric units, Canadian units, metric and Canadian units, or in any of the word descriptions set out in CGC Table Note 2 Volume 2
  • type height in proportion to the principal display surface, in accordance with Schedule 6 of the SFCR
  • minimum 1.6 mm, in the case of a reusable plastic container
in close proximity to the grade name English or French

Size Designation – Fresh Fruits or Vegetables

205(1), 321(a) & (b), Schedule 6, SFCR;
CGC Table Note 2 Volume 2

Country of origin –

  • Mandatory on imported FFV. Represents the country where the FFV were grown.
  • Note: If the country of origin is readily discernible and legible on consumer prepackaged FFV placed inside a 2nd container without having to open the 2nd container, the country of origin is not required on the 2nd container
  • in boldface type
  • type height in proportion to the principal display surface, in accordance with Schedule 6 of the SFCR
  • minimum 1.6 mm, in the case of a reusable plastic container
on the principal display panel and in close proximity to the net quantity or the grade name English or French

Country of Origin – Fresh Fruits or Vegetables

205(1), 269, 270(1), 271, Schedule 6, SFCR

Variety name – Mandatory for fresh whole apples

Note: If properly labelled prepackaged fresh apples bearing the variety name are placed inside a 2nd container, the 2nd container is not required to be labelled with the variety name.

any part; if applied or attached to bottom must also be shown on any part other than the bottom English or French 205(1), 268(1)(a), 268(2), 268(3), 245(2), 245(3), SFCR

Irradiation symbol/statement – Mandatory (if applicable)

  • Must carry one of the irradiation statements, where required, the statement "Do not irradiate again"
  • Irradiation symbol is not required
Refer to Irradiated Foods on the principal display panel English and French

Irradiated Foods - Fresh Fruits or Vegetables

B.01.035, FDR

Table Notes

Table note 2

The abbreviation CGC means Canadian Grade Compendium.

Return to table note 2  referrer

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