Labelling requirements for fresh fruits and vegetables
Specific requirements for apples
Declaration of variety on apples
The label of prepackaged apples that are interprovincially traded, imported or exported must show the name of the variety. As this applies to fresh apples for which a grade is prescribed under the SFCR, fresh-cut or minimally processed apples are excluded from this requirement [268(1)(a), 268(3), SFCR].
The declaration of apple variety may be shown on any part of the label except that part of the label, if any, that is applied solely to the bottom of a container. The declaration of apple variety must be shown in characters that are at least 1.6 mm in height [210(2), 245(2) and (3), SFCR].
If properly labelled containers of fresh apples are placed inside a second container, resulting in prepackaged other than consumer prepackaged fresh apples, the second container is not required to be labelled with the name of the apple variety [268(2), SFCR].
Diameter size range on apples
The diameter size range of apples, as indicated below, must be shown on the label that is applied to a container of untiered apples only (e.g., apples that are not in a tray pack). This is not required when the container is transparent, or is an open basket of not more than 12.5 L (11 quarts) capacity, or contains apples of the Canada Commercial Cookers grade [7(3), Compendium, Volume 2 – Fresh Fruit or Vegetables].
- 60 mm to 63 mm (2 ⅜ inches to 2 ½ inches),
- 60 mm to 70 mm (2 ⅜ inches to 2 ¾ inches),
- 60 mm and up (2 ⅜ inches and up),
- 63 mm to 70 mm (2 ½ inches to 2 ¾ inches),
- 63 mm to 76 mm (2 ½ inches to 3 inches),
- 63 mm and up (2 ½ inches and up),
- 70 mm to 76 mm (2 ¾ inches to 3 inches),
- 70 mm and up (2 ¾ inches and up), or
- 76 mm and up (3 inches and up).
The diameter size range (in metric units, Canadian units, or both metric and Canadian units) must be shown in close proximity to the grade name and in the same size characters as the grade name [321(b), Schedule 6, SFCR].
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