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Proposed document to be incorporated by reference into the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations

Pre-publication of Food Labelling Modernization regulatory amendments in the Canada Gazette, Part I

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) consulted on amendments to the Food and Drug Regulations and the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations stemming from the Food Labelling Modernization initiative. The proposed amendments were pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part I for a consultation period that ended on September 4, 2019.

This document is incorporated by reference into the Food and Drug Regulations and was also part of the Canada Gazette, Part I consultation.

Standard Container Sizes

Definitions

The following definitions apply in this document:

heavy pack

means a package in which the minimum amount of water required for proper processing of the food is used as the liquid packaging medium and that contains the maximum drained weight of the food that processing will permit. (conserve épaisse)

in brine

means that the product is in a package in which a water and salt solution is used as the liquid packaging medium, with or without the addition of sugar. (dans la saumure)

solid pack

means a package in which the fruits or vegetables have been partially or wholly precooked before processing so as to allow the fruits or vegetables to pack closely with the minimum amount of free liquid and in which there is little or no free liquid. (conserve compacte)

vacuum pack or vacuum packed

means in a package in which a minimum amount of liquid packaging medium is used and in which a vacuum is created mechanically. (mis en conserve sous vide ou conservé sous vide)

Table 1: Consumer Prepackaged Food (Net Quantity by Volume)

The size of a container that corresponds to the net quantity by volume, of a consumer prepackaged food set out in Column 1, is set out in Column 2.

Item Column 1
Consumer prepackaged food
Column 2
Net quantity by volume
1 Wine 50 mL
100 mL
200 mL
250 mL
375 mL
500 mL
750 mL
1 L
1.5 L
2 L
3 L
4 L

Table 2: Consumer Prepackaged Food (Net Quantity by Weight)

The size of a container that corresponds to the net quantity by weight, of a consumer prepackaged food set out in Column 1, is set out in Column 2.

Item Column 1
Consumer prepackaged food
Column 2
Net quantity by weight
1 Honey for which a grade is prescribed 375 g or less
500 g
750 g
1 kg
1.5 kg
2 kg
3 kg
5 kg
2 Sliced bacon, other than hermetically sealed 100 g or less
250 g
375 g
500 g
Any size 1 kg or greater
3 Sliced ready-to-eat meat products and potted meat products, other than hermetically sealed 100 g or less
125 g
150 g
175 g
200 g
250 g
300 g
375 g
400 g
500 g
600 g
700 g
900 g
Any size 1 kg or greater
4 Sausages and sausage meat, other than hermitically sealed 100 g or less
125 g
175 g
225 g
250 g
300 g
375 g
450 g
500 g
600 g
675 g
750 g
900 g
Any size 1 kg or greater
5 Peanut butter 250 g
375 g
500 g
750 g
1 kg
1.5 kg
2 kg

Table 3: Consumer Prepackaged Food (Net Quantity by Weight or Volume)

The size of a container that corresponds to the net quantity by weight or by volume, of a consumer prepackaged food set out in Column 1, is set out in Column 2 or 3, as the case may be.

Item Column 1
Consumer prepackaged food
Column 2
Net quantity if declared by weight (imperial equivalent) Table Note 1
Column 3
Net quantity if declared by volume
1 Fresh carrots for which a grade is prescribed 1.36 kg (3 lb) or less

If using metric units:

500 mL, 1 L, 2 L, 4 L, 6 L, 13 L, 18 L, 36 L

Or

If using imperial units (metric volume equivalent) Table Note 2:

1 pint (551 mL), 1 quart (1.1 L), 2 quarts (2.27 L), 4 quarts (4.55 L), 6 quarts (6.82 L), 11 quarts (12.5 L), 16 quarts (18.2 L), 32 quarts (36.4 L)

2.27 kg (5 lb)
4.54 kg (10 lb)
11.3 kg (25 lb)
22.7 kg (50 lb)
2 Fresh potatoes for which a grade is prescribed 1.36 kg (3 lb) or less

If using metric units:

500 mL, 1 L, 2 L, 4 L, 6 L, 13 L, 18 L, 36 L

Or

If using imperial units (metric volume equivalent) Table Note 2:

1 pint (551 mL), 1 quart (1.1 L), 2 quarts (2.27 L), 4 quarts (4.55 L), 6 quarts (6.82 L), 11 quarts (12.5 L), 16 quarts (18.2 L), 32 quarts (36.4 L)

2.27 kg (5 lb)
4.54 kg (10 lb)
6.80 kg (15 lb)
9.07 kg (20 lb)
22.7 kg (50 lb)
34.0 kg (75 lb)
45.4 kg (100 lb)

Table Notes

Table Note 1

Declaration of imperial weight equivalents for metric weight capacities is optional

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Table Note 2

Metric volume equivalents for imperial volume capacities are those indicated in brackets. Declaration of this unit is optional.

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Table 4: Prepackaged Food (Net Quantity by Weight)

The size of a container that corresponds to the net quantity by weight, of a prepackaged food set out in Column 1, is set out in Column 2.

Item Column 1
Prepackaged Food
Column 2
Net Quantity by Weight
1 Glace fruits, glace pineapple, cut oranges, lemon and citron peel, cut mixed peel and cut mixed fruit 125 g or less
225 g
450 g
Any size from 500 g to 20 kg, in increments of 500 g

Table 5: Prepackaged Food in a Hermetically Sealed Package for which a Grade is Prescribed (Net Quantity by Volume and Metal Container Dimensions)

The size of a container that corresponds to the net quantity by volume, of a prepackaged food in a hermetically sealed package for which a grade for the packaged food is prescribed set out in Column 1 is set out in Column 2 or 3, as the case may be, and, if the hermetically sealed package is a metal container, the dimensions that correspond to that net quantity by volume set out in Column 4 or 5, as the case may be.

Item Column 1
Prepackaged food
Column 2
Net quantity by volume
Millilitres/litres
Column 3
Net quantity by volume
Fluid ounces
Column 4
Metal container dimensions Table Note 3
Millimetres
Column 5
Metal container dimensions Table Note 3
Inches Table Note 4
1 Vegetables, other than vegetables for which specific provision is made in this Table 284 mL 10 68 × 101 211 × 400
398 mL 14 300 × 407 or 307 × 309
540 mL 19 87 × 115 307 × 409
796 mL 28 103 × 119 401 × 411
1.36 L 48 107 × 177 404 × 700
2.65 L Any dimensions Any dimensions
2.84 L 100 157 × 177 or 157 x 173 603 × 700 or 603 x 613
Any size from 3 L to 20 L, in increments of 500 mL Any dimensions Any dimensions
2 Tomato Juice 200 mL or less 7 or less Any dimensions Any dimensions
250 mL 8.8 Any dimensions Any dimensions
284 mL 10 62 × 118
or 68 × 101
207.5 × 410.5
or 211 × 400
398 mL 14 76 × 112 300 × 407
500 mL 17.6 Any dimensions Any dimensions
540 mL 19 87 × 115 307 × 409
750 mL 26.4 Any dimensions Any dimensions
796 mL 28 103 × 119 401 × 411
1 L 35.2 Any dimensions Any dimensions
1.36 L 48 107 × 177 404 × 700
1.5 L 52.8 Any dimensions Any dimensions
1.82 L 64 Any dimensions Any dimensions
2 L 70.4 Any dimensions Any dimensions
Any size from 2.5 L to 20 L, in increments of 500 mL Any dimensions Any dimensions
3 Corn, vacuum pack 199 mL 7 68 × 82 211 × 304
341 mL 12 87 × 85 307 × 306
540 mL 19 87 × 115 307 × 409
2.13 L 75 157 × 152 603 × 600
2.84 L Any dimensions Any dimensions
Any size from 3 L to 20 L, in increments of 500 mL Any dimensions Any dimensions
4 Mushrooms in brine 128 mL 4.5 68 × 50 211 × 200
284 mL 10 68 × 101 211 × 400
398 mL 14 76 × 112 300 × 407
540 mL 19 87 × 115 307 × 409
796 mL 28 103 × 119 401 × 411
1.36 L 48 107 × 177 404 × 700
2.84 L 100 157 × 177 603 × 700
Any size from 3 L to 20 L, in increments of 500 mL Any dimensions Any dimensions
5 Tomato paste 150 mL or less Any dimensions Any dimensions
156 mL 5.5 54 x 50 202 x 308
369 mL 13 76 × 101 or 67 x 137 300 × 400 or 210 x 506
796 mL 28 103 × 119 401 × 411
1.36 L 48 107 × 177 404 × 700
2.84 L 100 157 × 177 603 × 700
3.58 L 126 157 × 222 603 × 812
Any size from 4 L to 20 L, in increments of 500 mL Any dimensions Any dimensions
6 Tomato pulp, tomato puree and concentrated tomato juice or tomato juice concentrate 341 mL 12 68 × 115 211 × 409
540 mL 19 87 × 115 307 × 409
796 mL 28 103 × 119 401 × 411
1.36 L 48 107 × 177 404 × 700
2.84 L 100 157 × 177 603 × 700
3.58 L 126 157 × 222 603 × 812
Any size from 4 L to 20 L, in increments of 500 mL Any dimensions Any dimensions
7 Maraschino, crème de menthe and cocktail cherries 125 mL Any dimensions Any dimensions
250 mL Any dimensions Any dimensions
375 mL Any dimensions Any dimensions
1 L Any dimensions Any dimensions
2 L Any dimensions Any dimensions
Any size from 4 L to 20 L, in increments of 500 mL Any dimensions Any dimensions
8 Tomato catsup, catsup, tomato ketchup or ketchup 125 mL or less Any dimensions Any dimensions
250 mL Any dimensions Any dimensions
375 mL Any dimensions Any dimensions
500 mL Any dimensions Any dimensions
540 mL 19 87 × 115 307 × 409
575 mL Any dimensions Any dimensions
750 mL Any dimensions Any dimensions
1 L Any dimensions Any dimensions
1.25 L Any dimensions Any dimensions
1.5 L Any dimensions Any dimensions
2.84 L Any dimensions Any dimensions
Any size from 3 L to 20 L, in increments of 500 mL Any dimensions Any dimensions

Table Notes

Table Note 3

The dimensions correspond to the diameter and height of the metal container.

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Table Note 4

Inch dimensions are expressed in the manner that is used in the industry, such as "211"; means 2 11/16 inches.

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Table 6: Prepackaged Food in a Hermetically Sealed Package for which No Grade is Prescribed (Net Quantity by Volume and Metal Container Dimensions)

The size of a container that corresponds to the net quantity by volume, of a prepackaged food in a hermetically sealed package for which no grade for the packaged food is prescribed set out in Column 1, is set out in Column 2 or 3, as the case may be, and, if the hermetically sealed package is a metal container, the dimensions that correspond to that net quantity by volume are set out in Column 4 or 5 as the case may be.

Item Column 1
Prepackaged food
Column 2
Net quantity by volume
Millilitres/litres
Column 3
Net quantity by volume
Fluid ounces
Column 4
Metal container dimensions Table Note 5
Millimetres
Column 5
Metal container dimensions Table Note 5
Inches Table Note 6
1 Beans with pork or beans and pork, beans or vegetarian beans 128 mL 4.5 68 x 50 211 x 200
227 mL 8 68 x 82 211 x 304
284 mL 10 68 × 101 211 × 400
398 mL 14 76 × 112 or 103 × 69 or 87 x 84 300 × 407 or 401 × 212 or 307 x 305
540 mL 19 87 × 115 or 103 × 85 307 × 409 or 401 × 306
796 mL 28 103 × 119 401 × 411
1.36 L 48 107 × 177 404 × 700
2.84 L 100 157 × 177 603 × 700
Any size from 3 L to 20 L, in increments of 500 mL Any dimensions Any dimensions
2 Infant and junior foods that are processed fruit or vegetables products 128 mL 4.5 54 × 72 202 × 213.5
213 mL 7.5 68 × 76 211 × 300
Any size from 500 mL to 20 L, in increments of 500 mL Any dimensions Any dimensions
3 Spaghetti in tomato sauce 128 mL 4.5 68 x 50 211 x 200
227 mL 8 68 x 82 211 x 304
284 mL 10 68 × 101 211 × 400
398 mL 14 76 × 112 300 × 407
540 mL 19 87 × 115 307 × 409
796 mL 28 103 × 119 401 × 411
1.36 L 48 107 × 177 404 × 700
2.84 L 100 157 × 177 603 × 700
Any size from 3 L to 20 L, in increments of 500 mL Any dimensions Any dimensions
4 Mushrooms, including creamed, stems and pieces in brine 128 mL 4.5 68 × 50 or 54 × 72 211 × 200 or 202 × 213.5
284 mL 10 68 × 101 211 × 400
398 mL 14 76 × 125 300 × 407
540 mL 19 87 × 115 307 × 409
796 mL 28 103 × 119 401 × 411
1.36 L 48 107 × 177 404 × 700
2.84 L 100 157 × 177 or 157 x 173 603 × 700 or 603 x 613
Any size from 3 L to 20 L, in increments of 500 mL Any dimensions Any dimensions
5 Pie fruits, pie fillers and pie fillings 284 mL 10 68 × 101 211 × 400
398 mL 14 76 × 112 or 87 × 90 300 × 407 or 307 × 309
540 mL 19 87 × 115 307 × 409
796 mL 28 103 × 119 401 × 411
1.36 48 107 × 177 404 × 700
2.84 L 100 157 × 177 or 157 x 173 603 × 700 or 603 x 613
Any size from 3 L to 20 L, in increments of 500 mL Any dimensions Any dimensions
6 Pickles, relishes and chutneys 125 mL or less Any dimensions Any dimensions
250 mL Any dimensions Any dimensions
375 mL Any dimensions Any dimensions
500 mL Any dimensions Any dimensions
750 mL Any dimensions Any dimensions
1 L Any dimensions Any dimensions
1.25 L Any dimensions Any dimensions
1.5 L Any dimensions Any dimensions
2 L Any dimensions Any dimensions
2.84 L 100 Any dimensions Any dimensions
3.78 L Any dimensions Any dimensions
Any size from 4 L to 20L, in increments of 500 mL Any dimensions Any dimensions
7 Green olives, but not including ripe olives, black olives or California ripe olives 225 mL or less Any dimensions Any dimensions
250 mL Any dimensions Any dimensions
375 mL Any dimensions Any dimensions
398 mL Any dimensions Any dimensions
500 mL Any dimensions Any dimensions
625 mL Any dimensions Any dimensions
750 mL Any dimensions Any dimensions
1 L Any dimensions Any dimensions
1.25 L Any dimensions Any dimensions
1.5 L Any dimensions Any dimensions
2 L Any dimensions Any dimensions
2.84 L Any dimensions Any dimensions
Any size from 3 L to 20 L, in increments of 500 mL 10 Any dimensions Any dimensions
8 Sauerkraut with preservative(s) 284 mL 10 68 × 101 211 × 400
398 mL 14 76 × 112 or 87 × 90 300 × 407 or 307 × 309
540 mL 19 87 × 115 307 × 409
796 mL 28 103 × 119 401 × 411
909 mL 32 Any dimensions Any dimensions
1.36 L 48 107 × 177 404 × 700
2.84 L 100 157 × 177 603 × 700
Any size from 3 L to 20 L, in increments of 500 mL Any dimensions Any dimensions
9 Horseradish sauce, prepared horseradish and creamed horseradish 125 mL or less Any dimensions Any dimensions
250 mL Any dimensions Any dimensions
500 mL Any dimensions Any dimensions
2 L Any dimensions Any dimensions
4 L to 20 L, in increments of 500 mL Any dimensions Any dimensions

Table Notes

Table Note 5

The dimensions correspond to the diameter and height of the metal container.

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Table Note 6

Inch dimensions are expressed in the manner that is used in the industry, such as "211" means 2 11/16 inches.

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Table 7: Prepackaged Food (Fresh Fruits or Vegetables), other than Consumer Prepackaged, for which a Grade is Prescribed (Maximum Capacity by Net Weight)

The maximum capacity by weight, of a container of prepackaged food, other than consumer prepackaged food, for which a grade for the food is prescribed set out in Column 1, is set out in Column 2.

Item Column 1
Prepackaged food, other than consumer prepackaged
Column 2
Maximum capacity (net weight)
1 Apples No greater than 200 kg
2 Potatoes No greater than 50 kg
3 Carrots No greater than 50 kg
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