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Date markings and storage instructions on food labels
Storage instructions

Storage instructions refer to such elements as temperature, light conditions and humidity. Storage instructions provide information to the consumer on storage conditions that differ from normal room temperature. Examples include phrases such as "Keep Refrigerated" and "store in a cool, dry place". Storage instructions are mandatory on foods that require a "best before" date and where the storage conditions differ from normal room temperature. In some cases, certain products may have additional storage instruction requirements. Refer to the appropriate commodity listed under the Food-specific labelling requirements section of the Industry labelling tool for more information.

Low-acid foods packaged in hermetically sealed containers

Low acid foods (definition) packaged in hermetically sealed containers (definition) must be commercially sterile [B.27.002(1), FDR]. This requirement does not apply to low-acid foods packaged in hermetically sealed containers if:

  • low-acid food is kept under refrigeration and the statement "Keep Refrigerated" / "Garder réfrigéré" is carried on the principal display panel of the label of its container and of the label of the shipping container [48(2), SFCR; B.27.002(2)(a), FDR], or
  • the low-acid food is kept frozen and the statement "Keep Frozen" / "Garder congelé" is carried on the principal display panel of the label of its container and of the label of the shipping container [48(2), SFCR; B.27.002(2)(b), FDR]

Additionally, this requirement does not apply to tomatoes or tomato products packaged in hermetically sealed containers where the tomatoes or tomato products have a pH of 4.7 or less after processing [B.27.002(3), FDR].

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