Labelling requirements for meat and poultry products
Net quantity – Meat and poultry products
Consumer prepackaged (definition) meat products (definition) require the net quantity declaration on the principal display panel in metric units [221, 232, SFCR]. Prepackaged other than consumer prepackaged meat products, as well as non-prepackaged meat products, that are interprovincially traded, imported or exported must be labelled with a net quantity declaration in metric units on the principal display panel as if they were consumer prepackaged [283(1)(a), 286(a), SFCR].
Therefore, the net quantity requirements of sections 233 to 236 and 239 of the SFCR for consumer prepackaged also apply to prepackaged other than consumer prepackaged meat products and non-prepackaged meat products. For detailed information, refer to the following sections on the Net quantity page:
- General and Rounding sections for manner of declaring
- "Canadian units of measure" information within Optional additional information
- 2 or more completely labelled products sold as a single unit
As per the document Units of Measurement for the Net Quantity Declaration of Certain Foods, prepared by the CFIA and incorporated by reference into the SFCR, most prepackaged meat products are required to declare net quantity by weight [231(a), 244, SFCR]. Exceptions are summarized below.
The net quantity of prepackaged meat products packed in brine or vinegar must be declared by weight exclusive of free liquid, as indicated in Table 1 – Units of measurement for prepackaged food in the Units of Measurement for the Net Quantity Declaration of Certain Foods document [231(a), 244, SFCR]. While a drained weight methodology is used to determine the weight declaration, this declaration should not use the words "drained weight".
The net quantity of the following prepackaged meat products must be declared by volume as per Table 1 – Units of measurement for prepackaged food in Units of Measurement for the Net Quantity Declaration of Certain Foods [231(a), 244, SFCR]:
- beans with pork
- infant foods
- junior foods
For more information relating to net quantity declarations, refer to Net quantity.
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