Labelling requirements for alcoholic beverages
Product specific information for vodka
On June 26, 2019, amendments to the compositional standards and labelling requirements for vodka of the Food and Drug Regulations came into force. Regulated parties have a transition period until December 13, 2022 inclusively, to meet the new requirements.
Consult the Former – Product specific information for vodka for information on the former requirements.
Vodka compositional requirements
Vodka has a prescribed compositional standard in Division 2, Part B of the FDR.
Vodka can be produced from potatoes, cereal grains and any other material of agricultural origin (definition); the distillate must be treated with charcoal or subject to other material or process so that the vodka is without distinctive character, aroma or taste.
Additional labelling requirements
Vodka requires additional labelling when produced, in whole or in part, from material of agricultural origin (definition) other than potatoes or cereal grain. The statement "Produced from" followed by the name of all material of agricultural origin used is required to be in close proximity (definition) to the common name. For example, if vodka is produced from potatoes and apples, it shall carry the statement "Produced from potatoes and apples" in close proximity to the common name "vodka"; if vodka is produced solely from potatoes, no such statement is required.
Allergen-free claims and vodka
Manufacturers making Allergen-free claims such as "(naming the food allergen)-free" and "contains no (naming the food allergen)", must ensure there is absolutely no amount of the named food allergen source present in the product, whether through intentional or inadvertent means. Any representation (statement, image or advertising) that states, suggests or implies that a food allergen source is not present when it is present would be considered false and misleading information under subsections 5(1) of the Food and Drugs Act and 6(1) of the Safe Food for Canadians Act.
For information about gluten-free claims for vodka, please see Gluten-free and vodka.
Flavoured vodka may not qualify for allergen-free claims, as flavouring preparations and other ingredients added after distillation may contain allergens.
Added sulphites at a level of 10 ppm or more must be declared when present in vodka, and may be shown in a "food allergen source, gluten source and added sulphites statement" (definition) [B.01.010(2), FDR].
Use of the term "dry" for vodka
The standard for Vodka does not provide for the addition of sugar or other sweetening agents [B.02.080, FDR]. For this reason, the description "dry" is potentially misleading and should not be used.
See also Use of the term "dry" for general information on dry claims for all alcoholic beverages.
Vodka-flavoured claims on alcoholic beverages
See Vodka-flavoured claims for general information on vodka-flavoured claims for all alcoholic beverages.
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