Labelling requirements for maple products
Grade name for maple syrup
Any maple syrup that is conveyed from one province to another or imported or exported must be graded and meet the applicable requirements of the Canadian Grade Compendium. In addition, the product must be labelled in accordance with the applicable grade name set out in the Canadian Grade Compendium [306(1), SFCR].
Please note that all references to the "Compendium" in this section refer to the Canadian Grade Compendium. Volume 7 of the Compendium specifies the grade requirements for maple syrup, while Volume 9 specifies the import grade requirements.
Canadian maple syrup
There are two grade names for maple syrup that is not imported [2, Compendium, Volume 7 – Maple Syrup]:
- Canada Grade A
- Canada Processing Grade
A licence holder is authorized to apply a grade name to maple syrup as identified in their licence provided it meets the grade requirements and has been graded by a licence holder [308(1)(d), SFCR].
For more information on grades, including legibility requirements and additional conditions that need to be met in order for a grade name to be applied to a food, please refer to the Grades page.
Imported maple syrup
Volume 9 of the Canadian Grade Compendium outlines the import grade requirements. Item 3 of the Table of Import Grade Names for Imported Food specifies the Canadian and Import Grade Names for maple syrup. If imported maple syrup meets the requirements of the Compendium for the applicable Canadian grade name in column 2 of the table, it must be labelled with the corresponding import grade name in column 3 [1(1), Compendium, Volume 9 – Import Grade Requirements].
The two grade names for imported maple syrup are [1, Compendium, Volume 9 – Import Grade Requirements]:
- Grade A
- Processing Grade
These grade names do not apply to maple syrup that is imported and graded by a licence holder and packaged in Canada, if it is graded in an establishment that is identified in a licence, other than an establishment where maple syrup is prepared directly from maple sap. In this case, the maple syrup must use the Canadian grade name in column 2 of the Table of Import Grade Names for Imported Food, rather than the import grade name [1(3), Compendium, Volume 9 – Import Grade Requirements].
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