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Labelling requirements for alcoholic beverages

Alcoholic beverages sold in Canada are subject to the provisions of the Safe Food for Canadians Act (SFCA) and the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR), as well as those of the Food and Drugs Act (FDA) and the Food and Drug Regulations (FDR).

When sold intraprovincially, alcoholic beverages are subject to the labelling requirements under the FDA and FDR, as well as specific requirements of the SFCA and the SFCR that apply to prepackaged foods sold in Canada, regardless of the level of trade. Depending on the type of alcoholic beverage, other federal acts or regulations not enforced by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) may also apply, such as the Spirit Drinks Trade Act. Provincial regulations may also have labelling requirements that apply when these products are sold within that province.

Alcoholic beverages with prescribed standards in Division 2 of Part B of the FDR include whisky, rum, gin, brandy, liqueurs and spirituous cordials, vodka, tequila, mezcal, wine, cider and beer. In addition, the prescribed standard for icewine is included in Volume 8 of the Canadian Standards of Identity document, which is incorporated by reference (IbR) into the SFCR.

The labelling requirements detailed in the following section are specific to alcoholic beverages, both with and without prescribed standards. Refer to the Industry Labelling Tool for core labelling and voluntary claims and statements requirements that apply to all prepackaged foods.

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