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Labelling requirements for fresh fruits and vegetables
Exemptions

In some cases, fresh fruits or vegetables may be exempt from some of the requirements of the SFCR.

Exemptions from the SFCR labelling requirements

The labelling requirements of the SFCR do not apply in respect of prepackaged fresh fruits or vegetables that are:

  • packaged in a wrapper, or confining band, that is less than 13 mm (½ inch) in width [213(b), SFCR], or
  • packaged in a transparent protective wrapper or bag that shows no information other than a price, bar code, number code, environmental statement or product treatment symbol [213(c), SFCR]

Other exemptions

Fresh fruits or vegetables of different types packaged together

Consumer prepackaged fresh fruits or vegetables of different types that are packaged together with or without other food and labelled with the expression "Gift Pack" or "Combo Pack", or "Fresh Pack", "Stew-pack" or "Vegetables for Stew", as applicable, may be exempt from grade and grade name requirements, standard container size requirements and country of origin labelling requirements, in addition to certain import requirements specific to fresh fruits or vegetables.

Refer to Fresh fruits or vegetables of different types packaged together with or without other food - Exemptions for information on additional conditions that these packages must meet to qualify for these exemptions.

Raspberries or strawberries packaged in the field

Consumer prepackaged raspberries or strawberries that are packaged in the field in containers with a capacity of 1.14 litres or less are exempt from specific requirements related to net quantity [301, SFCR].

For more information, refer to Exemptions to net quantity requirements.

Ministerial Exemptions

The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) provide for two types of ministerial exemptions from the application of a provision of the Act or the Regulations. The two types of ministerial exemptions are [174(1), SFCR]:

  • for the purpose of test marketing a food (known as test market authorizations), and
  • for the purpose of alleviating a shortage in Canada in the available supply of a food that is manufactured, processed, or produced in Canada

For more information, refer to Ministerial exemptions.

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