Food products that require a label
Non-prepackaged foods that require a label

In addition to prepackaged foods, some non-prepackaged foods are required to carry a label [B.01.003(1)(b) to (f), FDR]. As the definition of label includes words belonging to or accompanying a food, the labels of non-prepackaged foods may be on a tag or sign accompanying the food, and not necessarily placed on the product itself. Since the majority of mandatory labelling requirements only apply to prepackaged foods, the labelling requirements for these foods are limited.

The list below identifies the non-prepackaged foods that require a label and associated labelling requirements:

  • Meat and meat by-products that are barbequed, roasted or broiled on the retail premises
    • Require a label that carries on the principal display panel a statement to the effect that the food must be stored at a temperature of 40°F (4.4°C) or lower, or 140°F (60°C) or higher [B.14.072, FDR]
  • Poultry, poultry meat or poultry meat by-products that are barbequed, roasted or broiled on the retail premises
    • Require a label that carries on the principal display panel a statement to the effect that the food must be stored at a temperature of 40°F (4.4°C) or lower, or 140°F (60°C) or higher [B.22.026, FDR]
  • Horse-meat or horse-meat by-product
    • Require a label identifying the product as horse-meat or horse-meat by-product [B.14.016, FDR]
  • Any substance or mixture of substances for use as a food additive or food additive preparation, e.g. meat tenderizer
    • Require a quantitative statement of the amount of each additive present or directions for use that, if followed, will produce a food that will not contain such additives in excess of the maximum levels of use prescribed by the Food and Drug Regulations [B.16.001, FDR]
  • Irradiated foods, that are permitted to be irradiated but are not pre-packaged
    • Require the irradiated symbol on a sign immediately next to the food [B.01.035(2), FDR]

Meat products that are non-prepackaged when traded interprovincially or internationally must also be labelled with the following [282, 283, 297, SFCR]:

  • inspection legend or official inspection mark of foreign state
  • common name
  • name and principal place of business
  • net quantity
  • storage instructions, when applicable
  • list of ingredients
  • country of origin

For more information on meat products labelling, including poultry-specific requirements, refer to Meat and poultry products.

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