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Labelling requirements for maple products
Colour classes of maple syrup
Maple syrup that is graded Canada Grade A and is sent or conveyed from one province to another or exported, or that is graded Grade A and is imported, must be labelled with any applicable colour class that is set out in Volume 7 of the Canadian Grade Compendium [325, SFCR].
Please note that all references to the "Compendium" in this section refer to the Canadian Grade Compendium.
The four colour classes for Canada Grade A maple syrup are as follows [5(1), Compendium, Volume 7 – Maple Products]:
- "Golden, Delicate Taste" / "Doré, goût délicat"
- "Amber, Rich Taste" / "Ambré, goût riche"
- "Dark, Robust Taste" / "Foncé, goût robuste"
- "Very Dark, Strong Taste" / "Très foncé, goût prononcé"
The method and criteria for the determination of colour class of maple syrup are outlined in subsection 5(2) and the Table of Colour Classes of Canada Grade A Maple Syrup in Volume 7 of the Compendium.
Note that colour classes do not exist for Canada Processing Grade or Processing Grade.
Language and type height requirements
The colour class of maple syrup that is graded Canada Grade A and is sent or conveyed from one province to another or exported, or that is graded Grade A and is imported, must always appear in both English and French [205(3)(b), SFCR].
The colour class must be declared on the container in characters of at least the minimum height that is set out in the following table, which varies according to area of the principal display surface [325, Schedule 6, SFCR].
|Item||Area of Principal Display Surface||Minimum Character Height|
|1||≤ 32 cm2 (5 inches2)||1.6 mm (1/16 inch)|
|2||> 32 cm2 (5 inches2) but ≤ 258 cm2 (40 inches2)||3.2 mm (1/8 inch)|
|3||> 258 cm2 (40 inches2) but ≤ 645 cm2 (100 inches2)||6.4 mm (1/4 inch)|
|4||> 645 cm2 (100 inches2) but ≤ 2 580 cm2 (400 inches2)||9.5 mm (3/8 inch)|
|5||> 2 580 cm2 (400 inches2)||12.7 mm (1/2 inch)|
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