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Consultation on origin labelling of imported foods from a contested territory

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This document was part of the consultation on labelling of imported foods from a contested territory. This consultation ran from July 10, 2023, to October 10, 2023.

Consumers are increasingly knowledgeable about food labels, and labelling is one of the most important and direct ways for the industry to share information. All food sold in Canada must be properly labelled in a way that is not false or misleading, including origin indications.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) consulted with consumers and other interested stakeholders on origin labelling of imported food from contested territories. In particular, the CFIA sought feedback on whether an indication of a geographic region or territory would be sufficient to clarify the origin of such food products. For the purpose of this consultation, a contested territory means an area outside of Canada that is subject to competing claims of control by third parties.

Please note, this consultation was about domestic labelling laws and policy. It does not pertain to a specific imported food product or the status of a specific contested territory. In addition, this consultation was not intended to challenge Canada's existing foreign policy. CFIA will not consider any submissions related to Canada's foreign policy.

Your feedback will help us develop origin labelling guidance to help industry indicate on their food labels the origin of food products from contested territories in a manner that is not false or misleading.


Before you begin, we encourage you to read and consider this important background information:

To support development of guidance on origin labelling of imported food from contested territories, the CFIA sought feedback on the following question:

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