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Labelling requirements for meat and poultry products
Packaging type

Edible meat products (definition) can be labelled in various ways. This includes labels applied or attached to prepackaged and non-prepackaged meat products, as well as tags that are attached to the V of the wishbone on poultry carcasses (for example, breast tags). All of these labels are subject to the labelling requirements of the SFCR.

The table below explains the specific labelling requirements based on the type of packaging. Note that this table is not an exhaustive list of all of the labelling requirements that apply to meat products. For example, depending on the type of product, a Nutrition Facts table may also be required.

Labelling requirements for meat and poultry products based on packaging type
Requirement Consumer prepackaged meat products Prepackaged meat products and individually packaged prepackaged poultry products Non-prepackaged meat products Tag attached to the V of the wishbone of a graded, prepackaged dressed or partially dressed poultry carcass that is not individually packaged

Common name – Meat and poultry products

Check [218(1)(a), 292(a), SFCR]

Check [218(1)(a), 292(a), SFCR]

Check [283(1)(a), SFCR]

Check [292(b), SFCR]

Net quantity – Meat and poultry products

Check [221, 230, SFCR]

Except in the case of a catch-weight meat product sold to a retailer [300(b), SFCR].

Check For prepackaged other than consumer prepackaged [286(a), 243, SFCR].

Check [283(1)(a), SFCR]

 

Name and principal place of business of the licence holder's establishment where the meat product was produced or labelled, or the name and address of the person for whom the meat product was produced or labelled

Check [218(1)(b), SFCR]

Check [218(1)(b), SFCR]

Check [283(1)(a), SFCR]

Check [294(a), SFCR]

Country of origin

Check [297(1), SFCR]

Check [297(1), SFCR]

Check [297(1), SFCR]

 

Inspection legend or official inspection mark of the foreign state of origin

Check [287(1), SFCR]

Check [287(1), SFCR]

Check [282(1), SFCR]

Grade name

Check [306(1), 326, 312, 313, SFCR]

 

May be ungraded when marked as "Ungraded Beef" [306(2)(e)(i), 306(2)(f)(i), SFCR].

 

Grading is optional for bison, ovine or veal carcasses, as well as dressed or partially dressed poultry carcasses [307(c) and (d), 330(1)(a), SFCR].

Check [306(1), 313, 326, SFCR]

 

May be ungraded when marked as "Ungraded Beef" [306(2)(e)(i), 306(2)(f)(i), SFCR].

 

Grading is optional for bison, ovine or veal carcasses, as well as dressed or partially dressed poultry carcasses [307(c) and (d), 330(1)(a), SFCR].

Check [306(1), 313, SFCR]

 

May be ungraded when marked as "Ungraded Beef" [306(2)(e)(ii), 306(2)(f)(ii), SFCR].

 

Not required, if accompanied by documentation that shows grade name or foreign grade designation. [306(4)(d) and (e), SFCR]

 

Grading is optional for bison, ovine or veal carcasses, as well as dressed or partially dressed poultry carcasses [307(c) and (d), SFCR].

Check [313, 330(1)(b), SFCR]

Storage instructions

Check [286(b), SFCR]

Check [286(b), SFCR]

Check [283(1)(a), SFCR]

 

Date markings

Check [218(1)(c), SFCR; B.01.007(1.1)(b), FDR]

Check [218(1)(c), SFCR; B.01.007(1.1)(b), FDR]

 

 

In the case of a dressed carcass from a young chicken or young duck, or a portion thereof, that may contain kidneys, the words "May contain kidneys" / "peut contenir les reins"

Check [286(d), SFCR]

Check [286(d), SFCR]

Check [283(1)(a), SFCR]

Check [294(b), SFCR]

In the case of prepackaged, dressed or partially dressed poultry that is graded and packaged with giblets, the words "With Giblets" / "avec abats" / "avec abattis"

Check [item 15, Schedule 8; 288, SFCR]

Check [item 15, Schedule 8; 288, 286(c), SFCR]

Check [item 15, Schedule 8; 288, 283(1)(a), SFCR]

Check [item 15, Schedule 8; 288, SFCR]

An edible meat product may be sent or conveyed from an establishment identified in licence without meeting all the labelling requirements of the SFCR if [296, SFCR]:

The above exception to labelling requirements does not apply to the foods listed in section 25 of the SFCR as these are not considered to be "meat products". For more information, refer to "Section 25: Exception - meat products" under 6.0 Exceptions and non-applications  of the guidance on Regulatory requirements: Trade.

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