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Common name on food labels
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Common name

Common name, in respect of a food, means:

In the Food and Drug Regulations:

  • the name printed in boldface type, but not in italics, in the Food and Drug Regulations;
  • the name prescribed by any other federal regulation; or
  • when not prescribed by regulation, the name by which the food is commonly known [B.01.001(1), FDR].

In the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations:

  • the name printed in boldface type, but not in italics, in the Canadian standards of identity document or in the document entitled Common names for prepackaged fish incorporated by reference (IbR) in the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations;
  • the name printed in boldface type, but not in italics, in the Food and Drug Regulations; or
  • in any other case, the name by which the food is commonly known or that identifies its function [1, SFCR].

Consumer prepackaged

Consumer prepackaged, in respect of a food, means packaged in a container in the manner in which the food is ordinarily sold to or used or purchased by an individual, or in which the food may reasonably be expected to be obtained by an individual, without being repackaged, to be used for non-commercial purposes [1, SFCR].

Person

Person means an individual or an organization as defined in section 2 of the Criminal Code [2, FDA; 2, SFCA].

A person may therefore be an individual or an organization, and may include a consumer, a manufacturer, a retailer, an importer, a restaurant, any other commercial or industrial enterprise, an institution such as a school or hospital, and anyone else who sells, uses, or buys a food.

Prepackaged

Prepackaged, in respect of a food, means packaged in a container in the manner in which the food is ordinarily sold to or used or purchased by a person, and includes consumer prepackaged [1, SFCR].

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