Labelling requirements for maple products
Country of origin – maple products
All imported prepackaged maple syrup and maple products in containers with a capacity of 5 L or less and 5 kg or less respectively must have a country of origin declaration present on the label. Generally, the words "Product of [Name of the country of origin]" must appear on the label. For example, prepackaged maple products from the United States imported into Canada are required to be labelled "Product of United States" [281, SFCR].
All country names must be written out in full, except for the United States which may be abbreviated to USA as it is recognized worldwide.
Note: In the SFCR, the country of origin is referred to as the foreign state (definition) of origin.
Manner of declaring
The country of origin must be declared in both official languages for consumer prepackaged (definition) foods, and at least one official language for prepackaged other than consumer prepackaged foods. It must be located on any part of the label other than solely on the bottom of the container. The words must be clearly and prominently shown on the label, and readily discernible and legible [B.01.012, FDR; 205(1), 206(1), 208, 245(2) and (3), SFCR].
"Product of Canada" and "Made in Canada" claims
For information on "Product of Canada" and "Made in Canada" claims, please refer to Guidelines for "Product of Canada" and "Made in Canada" Claims.
Indicating the province of origin
Declarations regarding provincial origin of a product (e.g. "Product of Quebec") may be subject to specific provincial regulatory requirements. Please refer to the appropriate provincial authorities to obtain the official and most updated information.
Canadian maple products packed in a foreign country and re-imported in Canada
All imported prepackaged maple syrup and maple products in containers with a capacity of 5 L or less and 5 kg or less respectively may not bear the declaration "Product of Canada" even when these are produced in Canada prior to being exported for packing in another country. In such a case, the following statement on the label would satisfy the country of origin declaration requirement: "Packed in (naming the country) from Canadian Maple Syrup".
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