Labelling requirements for fresh fruits and vegetables
Size designation - Fresh fruits or vegetables
When traded interprovincially or imported, certain fresh vegetables of specific sizes only, namely asparagus, beets, carrots, sweet corn, greenhouse cucumbers, onions, parsnips, potatoes, rutabagas, field and greenhouse tomatoes, must be labelled with the applicable size designation, if any, and as required in Volume 2 of the Compendium. Labelling with the size designation also applies to untiered apples in specific instances. Refer to Specific requirements for apples for more details.
The size designation may be shown in terms of:
- metric units (e.g., Canada No. 1 - 70 mm to 114 mm)
- Canadian units (e.g., Canada No. 1 - 2 ¾ inches to 4 ½ inches)
- both metric and Canadian units [e.g., Canada No. 1 - 70 mm to 114 mm (2 ¾ inches to 4 ½ inches)], or
- in any word descriptions set out in Volume 2 of the Compendium (e.g., Canada No. 1 Chef)
The size designation must be shown in close proximity to the grade name and in the same size characters as those prescribed for the grade name [321, Schedule 6, SFCR].
If a properly labelled prepackaged fresh fruit or vegetable bearing a size designation is placed inside of a second container, the second container is not required to be labelled with the size designation. This applies if the resulting product is not a consumer prepackaged food.
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