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Labelling requirements for processed fruit or vegetable products

Important Notice

On December 14, 2016, amendments to nutrition labelling, list of ingredients and food colour requirements of the Food and Drug Regulations came into force. Regulated parties have a five (5) year transition period to meet the new labelling requirements.

Consult the Former – Labelling Requirements for Processed Fruit or Vegetable Products for information on the former requirements.

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Overview

This section summarizes the labelling requirements that apply to imported processed fruit or vegetable products, as well as those that are manufactured, processed, treated, preserved, graded, packaged or labelled in Canada for interprovincial trade and for export. In some cases, the labelling requirements would also apply when these products are intraprovincially traded.

Processed fruit or vegetable products (definition) 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, processed fruit or vegetable products are subject to the labelling requirements under the FDA and FDR, as well as specific requirements of the SFCA and SFCR that apply to prepackaged foods sold in Canada, regardless of the level of trade. Provincial regulations may also have labelling requirements that apply when these products are sold within that province.

Examples of processed fruit or vegetable products (definition) include:

The labelling requirements detailed in the following section are specific to processed fruit or vegetable products. Refer to the Industry Labelling Tool for core labelling and voluntary claims and statements requirements that apply to all prepackaged foods.

Common name - processed fruit or vegetable products

The common name (definition) must appear on the principal display panel of prepackaged (definition) processed fruit or vegetable products [218(1)(a), SFCR].

Common names for processed fruit or vegetable products are shown in boldface type, but not in italics, in the Canadian Standards of Identity, Volume 4 – Processed Fruit or Vegetable Products, which is incorporated by reference into the SFCR, or in Division 11 of the Food and Drug Regulations (FDR). As with all foods with a standard of identity, only those foods that meet all the provisions set out in the standard can use the prescribed common name. For processed fruit or vegetable products that do not fall under a standard, the appropriate common name is the name by which the food is generally known [1, 201, SFCR; B.01.001(1), FDR].

Examples:

Frozen Concentrated Apple Juice is specifically listed in item 63 of the Canadian Standards of Identity, Volume 4 – Processed Fruit or Vegetable Products. For products that meet the standard of item 63, they must be named "Frozen Concentrated Apple Juice".

"Orange Juice" falls under the generic standard of identity in item 60 of Volume 4 of the Canadian Standards of Identity, which is (Naming the fruit) Juice. "Orange Juice" is also a standardized product under section B.11.128 of the FDR with Orange Juice being shown in boldface type. The common name of the food must be declared as "Orange Juice".

Canned "Hearts of Palm" fall under the generic standard of identity in item 12 of Volume 4 of the Canadian Standards of Identity, which is (Naming the vegetable), under the category of processed vegetable products in hermetically sealed packages. Canned "Hearts of Palm" is also standardized product under the FDR under the generic standard B.11.002 Canned (naming the vegetable). The common name of the food is therefore "Hearts of Palm".

For more information, including location, legibility and language requirements, refer to Common Name.

Net quantity - processed fruit or vegetable products

The net quantity must be declared on the principal display panel of prepackaged (definition) processed fruit or vegetable products. It must be shown in metric units, by volume, weight or numerical count, as set out in the document Units of Measurement for the Net Quantity Declaration of Certain Foods, which is incorporated by reference into the SFCR [221, 231(a), 232, 243, 244, 272(1)(a), SFCR].

Certain products are sold in containers that already indicate a declaration of capacity (e.g., letters molded into glass containers). In most cases this is not clearly displayed, and therefore the net quantity of the product must still be shown on the product label.

When a product offers an extra quantity as a bonus within the same container, the net quantity of product shown on the label must be the total quantity of the product. Example: 500 mL + 250 mL bonus, the net quantity declared on the label must be 750 mL.

For more information, including location, legibility and language requirements, refer to Net Quantity.

Standard container sizes - processed fruit or vegetable products

Some processed fruit or vegetable products that are interprovincially traded, imported or exported are subject to standard container sizes prescribed in Table 3 (items 2 to 11) and Tables 4, 5 and 6 of Schedule 3 of the SFCR [187, 189(2), 190, 191, 192, SFCR].

Information from Schedule 3 is summarized in the tables below titled Regulated Processed Fruit or Vegetable Products in Hermetically Sealed Packages and Regulated Frozen Processed Fruit or Vegetable Products.

In the table Regulated Processed Fruit or Vegetable Products in Hermetically Sealed Packages, five (5) columns provide standard container information:

In the table Regulated Frozen Processed Fruit or Vegetable Products four (4) columns provide standard container information:

When a product is subject to standard container sizes, the net quantity declared on the label:

If a prepackaged processed fruit or vegetable product in a standard container size is placed inside of a second container and the resulting product is prepackaged food, other than consumer prepackaged food, the second container is not required to be packaged in accordance with the standard container size requirements.

When a product is not subject to standard container sizes, it can be marketed in any format.

Standards of fill for processed fruit or vegetable products

For a frozen processed fruit or vegetable product, at least 90% of the volume capacity of the package must be filled with the product [195, SFCR]. For a processed fruit or vegetable product that is not frozen, the package must be filled with as much of the product as its preparation allows and must not contain more syrup, brine, water or other liquid packaging medium than required for processing of the product [196, SFCR].

A processed fruit or vegetable product that is in a hermetically sealed package must meet the requirements for minimum drained weight and average drained weight that are set out in the incorporated by reference document entitled Minimum Drained Weights and Average Drained Weights for Processed Fruit or Vegetable Products in a Hermetically Sealed Packages [197, SFCR].

A column with information on minimum and average drained weights is included in the table Regulated Processed Fruit or Vegetable Products in Hermetically Sealed Packages for ease of reference.

Note that these standards of fill requirements apply to products that are interprovincially traded, imported or exported [194, SFCR].

Other required markings

There are several types of mandatory special label wording that must be indicated on the labels of prepackaged (definition) processed fruit or vegetable products that are interprovincially traded, imported or exported. The Table: Other Required Markings for Prepackaged Processed Fruit or Vegetable Products summarizes these requirements.

Note that the requirements for "Keep Refrigerated" / "garder réfrigéré" and "Keep Frozen" / "garder congelé", as applicable, also apply to products sold intraprovincially.

Name and principal place of business - processed fruit or vegetable products

The label of a prepackaged (definition) processed fruit or vegetable product must include the name and principal place of business of the person by or for whom the food was manufactured, prepared, produced, stored, packaged or labelled. This information must appear on any part of the label other than solely on the bottom of the container [B.01.005, B.01.007(1.1)(a), FDR; 218(1)(b), 218(2), SFCR].

For more information, including manner of declaring, please refer to Name and Principal Place of Business.

Country of origin - processed fruit or vegetable products

The label of an imported prepackaged (definition) processed fruit or vegetable product must bear the name of the country of origin. For an imported prepackaged processed fruit or vegetable product, country of origin refers to the country where the product was packaged [274(1), SFCR]. The country of origin can be declared as part of the name and principal place of business of the foreign packer (processor) or as a separate declaration, for example:

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, country is referred to as foreign state (definition).

A Canadian packer who wishes to declare its product as being of Canadian origin must be careful to avoid giving misleading information to consumers. For information on "Product of Canada" and "Made in Canada" declarations, refer to the Guidelines for Product of Canada and Made in Canada claims.

Manner of declaring

The country of origin must be declared in both official languages for consumer prepackaged (definition) processed fruit or vegetable products, when not declared as part of the name and principal place of business, and at least one official language for prepackaged other than consumer prepackaged products. 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, in characters that are at least 1.6 mm in height [B.01.012, FDR; 205(1), 206(1), 208, 245(2)(3), 274(2), SFCR].

When an imported prepackaged processed fruit or vegetable product is packaged for a Canadian importer under the importer's private label, the country of origin must be shown in characters that are [274(3), SFCR]:

Grade name for processed fruit or vegetable products

Please note that all references to the "Compendium" in this section refer to the Canadian Grade Compendium. Volume 3 of the Compendium specifies the grade names (definition) and grade requirements for processed fruit or vegetable products and Volume 9 specifies import grade requirements.

All processed fruit or vegetable products for which grades are prescribed by the SFCR and that are interprovincially traded, imported or exported must be graded, must meet the grade requirements set out in the Compendium and must be labelled with the applicable grade name [306(1), SFCR].

Grading is optional for mixed vegetables (macédoine), stewed tomatoes, tomato puree, tomato pulp, tomato paste, tomato ketchup and tomato chili sauce, if these are in a hermetically sealed package [306(2)(d), SFCR]. However when graded and labelled with the applicable grade name, the grade requirements must be adhered to [307(a), SFCR].

Processed fruit or vegetable products subject to grades are also listed in the tables below titled Regulated Processed Fruit or Vegetable Products in Hermetically Sealed Packages and Regulated Frozen Processed Fruit or Vegetable Products. For ease of reference, the "grade" column in each table indicates which section of Volume 3 of the Compendium provides grade information for each product, as applicable.

Any processed fruit or vegetable product that does not meet the requirements of the Regulations with respect to grade and that is interprovincially traded does not need to meet the requirements set out in the Compendium or be labelled in accordance with the Compendium, if it is labelled "Substandard" or "sous-régulier" [306(3)(a), SFCR].

Licence holders can apply a grade name to and use a grade name in connection with a processed fruit or vegetable product that is identified in their licence if the product has been graded by a licence holder and, in addition to meeting the grade requirements, the product complies with any standards that are set out in the document Canadian Standards of Identity, Volume 4 – Processed Fruit or Vegetable Products [308(1)(b), (c) and (d), SFCR].

Declaration of grades

Canadian grade names for processed fruit or vegetable products in hermetically sealed packages are amongst the following:

Canadian grade names for frozen processed fruit or vegetable products are amongst the following:

Refer to the Volume 3 of the Compendium for the specific grade names applicable to each product, where one is prescribed. Please note that Canadian grade names may be shown in upper case letters (for example, CANADA FANCY, CANADA A).

Volume 9 of the Canadian Grade Compendium outlines the import grade requirements. Items 34 and 35 of the Table of Import Grade Names for Imported Food specify the Canadian and import grade names for processed fruit or vegetable products, whether in hermetically sealed packages or frozen. If products meet the requirements of the Compendium for the applicable Canadian grade name in column 2 of the table, they must be labelled with the corresponding import grade name in column 3 [1(1), Compendium, Volume 9 – Import Grade Requirements].

The corresponding import grade names for processed fruit or vegetable products in hermetically sealed packages are:

The corresponding import grade names for frozen processed fruit or vegetable products:

Please note however that when imported processed fruit or vegetable products are graded by a licence holder, a Canadian grade name must be used rather than an import grade name [1(2), Compendium, Volume 9 – Import Grade Requirements].

Grades names on the labels of prepackaged processed fruit or vegetable products must be clearly and prominently shown and readily discernible and legible to the purchaser under customary conditions of purchase and use. On consumer prepackaged products, grade names must be shown on the principal display panel in a minimum type size specified in Schedule 6 of the SFCR and in both English and French. For prepackaged other than consumer prepackaged products, grade names must be shown in at least one official language [205(1), 206 (1), 208, 312, Schedule 6, SFCR].

For additional information on grades, including manner of declaring and additional conditions that need to be met in order for a grade name to be applied to a food, please refer to Grades.

Size designation for processed fruit or vegetable products

Please note that all references to the "Compendium" in this section refer to the Canadian Grade Compendium.

Processed fruit or vegetable products that are interprovincially traded, imported or exported must be labelled with any applicable size designation that is set out in Volume 3 of the Compendium. The size designation must be in close proximity to the grade name in characters at least 1.6 mm in height. The size designation must be shown in:

The following processed vegetable products have a size designation set out in Volume 3 of the Compendium [89, Compendium, Volume 3]:

For the above products in a hermetically sealed package, as well as Whole Carrots or Cut Carrots-Whole Style, that have not been size graded or are not all of the same size, they can be labelled as applicable with "Ungraded as to Size" / "non calibré" or "Assorted Sizes" / "grosseurs assorties" or "Mixed Sizes" / "grosseurs mixtes" [322(2), SFCR].

Lot code

For information on the requirement for a lot code or other unique identifier for traceability purposes, consult Traceability-specific labelling Requirements.

Please note that recommendations have been made regarding the use of potentially misleading lot codes. For additional information, please refer to the Lot Code section under Manner of declaring on the Date Markings and Storage Instructions page.

Ministerial exemptions

The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) provide for two types of ministerial exemptions from the application of a provision of the Act or the Regulations. The two types of ministerial exemptions are [174(1), SFCR]:

For more information, refer to Ministerial exemptions.

Voluntary claims and statements

Health claims

Some processed products with fruits and/or vegetables carry the following disease risk reduction claim: "A healthy diet rich in a variety of vegetables and fruits may help reduce the risk of some types of cancer". See Acceptable Disease Risk Reduction Claims and Therapeutic Claims for more information, including eligible foods.

Reference information

Table: other required markings for prepackaged processed fruit or vegetable products

The other required markings listed in this table apply to prepackaged processed fruit or vegetable products that are interprovincially traded, imported or exported, except for the labelling with "Keep Refrigerated" or "Keep Frozen", which applies to all levels of trade.

If a prepackaged processed fruit or vegetable product that is labelled with information required by sections 272 and 273 of the SFCR is placed inside of a second container and the resulting product is prepackaged food, other than consumer prepackaged food, the second container is not required to be labelled with those items of information.

Words, expressions, or details and application Products Type height/legibility Location

"Contents … Per Cent Slack Filled" / "… pour cent du contenant non rempli" or "Contents … Per Cent Short Weight" / "contient … pour cent de moins que le poids indiqué", if the package is not filled to capacity or contains less than the minimum net and drained weights prescribed by the SFCR

205(1), 206(2), 272(1)(e), SFCR

Processed fruit or vegetable products

All prepackaged:
Clearly and prominently shown, readily discernible

Consumer prepackaged:
Minimum 1.6 mm

208, 210(2), SFCR

On any part of the label other than solely on the bottom of the container

245(2) and (3), SFCR

"Cream Style" / "maïs crème" or "Packed in Liquid" / "conservé dans un liquide", as the case may be
"Brine Pack" / "mis en conserve dans la saumure" or "Packed in Brine" / "conservé dans la saumure" or "in Brine" / "dans la saumure", if in a package in which a water and salt solution is used as the liquid packaging medium with or without the addition of sugar
"Vacuum Pack" / "mis en conserve sous vide" or "Vacuum Packed" / "conservé sous vide", if in a package in which a minimum amount of liquid packaging medium is used and in which a vacuum is created mechanically
205(1), 206(2), 272(1)(j), SFCR

Corn in a hermetically sealed package

272(1)(j), SFCR

All prepackaged:
Clearly and prominently shown, readily discernible

Consumer prepackaged:
Minimum 1.6 mm

208, 210(2), SFCR

On any part of the label other than solely on the bottom of the container
245(2) and (3), SFCR
"Clingstone" / "à noyau adhérent", if peaches have stones or pits that adhere to the flesh
"Freestone" /  "à noyau non adhérent", if peaches have stones or pits and their flesh separates readily from the stones or pits
205(1), 206(2), 272(1)(m), SFCR

Peaches in a hermetically sealed package

272(1)(m), SFCR

All prepackaged:
Clearly and prominently shown, readily discernible

Consumer prepackaged:
Minimum 1.6 mm

208, 210(2), SFCR

On any part of the label other than solely on the bottom of the container
245(2) and (3), SFCR

"Keep Frozen" and "garder congelé"

48(2), 205(2), 206(2), SFCR

B.27.002(2)(b), FDR

Low-acid food in a hermetically sealed package which must be kept frozen

48(2), SFCR

B.27.002(2)(b), FDR

All prepackaged:
Clearly and prominently shown, readily discernible

208, SFCR

A.01.016, FDR

Principal display panel

48(2), SFCR

B.27.002(2)(b), FDR

"Keep Refrigerated" and "garder réfrigéré"

48(2), 205(1), 206(2), 272(1)(n), SFCR

B.27.002(2)(a), FDR

Sauerkraut with preservative, a fruit juice that is in a non-hermetically sealed package, a low-acid food in a hermetically sealed package which must be kept under refrigeration
48(2), 272(1)(n), SFCR

B.27.002(2)(a), FDR

All prepackaged:
Clearly and prominently shown, readily discernible

Consumer prepackaged:
Minimum 1.6 mm (sauerkraut and fruit juice)

208, 210(2), SFCR

A.01.016, FDR

On any part of the label other than solely on the bottom of the container (sauerkraut and fruit juice)

245(2) and (3), SFCR

Principal display panel (low acid-food)

B.27.002(2)(a), FDR

48(2), SFCR

"Seville" / "Séville" or "Bitter" / "amère" or "Extra Bitter" / "extra amère"

205(1), 206(2), 272(1)(g), SFCR

Orange marmalade made from Seville or other bitter varieties of oranges

272(1)(g), SFCR

All prepackaged:
Clearly and prominently shown, readily discernible

Consumer prepackaged:
Minimum 1.6 mm

208, 210(2), SFCR

On any part of the label other than solely on the bottom of the container
245(2) and (3), SFCR

"Sparkling" / "pétillant", "mousseux" or "gazéifié",
or
"Carbonated" / "carbonaté", "mousseux" or "gazéifié"

205(1), 206(2), 272(1)(p), SFCR

Apple juice, apple juice from concentrate, grape juice or grape juice from concentrate, to which carbon dioxide under pressure has been added

272(1)(p), SFCR

All prepackaged:
Clearly and prominently shown, readily discernible

Consumer prepackaged:
Minimum 1.6 mm

208, 210(2), SFCR

On any part of the label other than solely on the bottom of the container
245(2) and (3), SFCR

"Solid Pack" / "conserve compacte", if the package contains fruits or vegetables that have been partially or wholly precooked before processing to allow them to pack closely with the minimum amount of free liquid and in which there is little or no free liquid

205(1), 206(2), 272(1)(b), SFCR

Processed fruit or vegetable products

All prepackaged:
Clearly and prominently shown, readily discernible

Consumer prepackaged:
Minimum 1.6 mm

208, 210(2), SFCR

any part of the label other than solely on the bottom of the container
245(2) and (3), SFCR

"Heavy Pack" / "conserve épaisse", if the minimum amount of water required for proper processing of the product is used as the liquid packaging medium and that contains the maximum drained weight of the food that processing will permit

205(1), 206(2), 272(1)(c), SFCR

Processed fruit or vegetable products

All prepackaged:
Clearly and prominently shown, readily discernible

Consumer prepackaged:
Minimum 1.6 mm

208, 210(2), SFCR

On any part of the label other than solely on the bottom of the container
245(2) and (3), SFCR

"In Water" / "dans l'eau",  if the product is packaged in water

205(1), 206(2), 272(1)(d), SFCR

Processed fruit or vegetable products

All prepackaged:
Clearly and prominently shown, readily discernible

Consumer prepackaged:
Minimum 1.6 mm

208, 210(2), SFCR

any part of the label other than solely on the bottom of the container
245(2) and (3), SFCR

Total percentage of sweetening ingredients added

205(1), 206(1), 272(1)(f), SFCR

Frozen fruits packaged in sugar, invert sugar, dextrose or glucose in dry form

272(1)(f), SFCR

All prepackaged:
Clearly and prominently shown, readily discernible

Consumer prepackaged:
Minimum 1.6 mm

208, 210(2), SFCR

On any part of the label other than solely on the bottom of the container
245(2) and (3), SFCR

"Tips Removed" / "pointes enlevées" or "Without Tips" / "sans pointes"

205(1), 206(2), 272(1)(i), SFCR

Asparagus cuts or cuttings that are graded Canada Choice and packaged without tips

272(1)(i), SFCR

All prepackaged:
Clearly and prominently shown, readily discernible

Consumer prepackaged:
Minimum 1.6 mm

208, 210(2), SFCR

Immediately below the common name

272(1)(i), SFCR

"Extra Heavy Syrup" / "sirop très épais" or "Extra Heavy Fruit Juice Syrup" / "sirop de jus de fruits très épais",

"Heavy Syrup" / "sirop épais" or "Heavy Fruit Juice Syrup" / "sirop de jus de fruits épais",

"Light Syrup" / "sirop léger" or "Light Fruit Juice Syrup" / "sirop de jus de fruits léger",

"Slightly Sweetened Water" / "eau légèrement sucrée" or
"Slightly Sweetened Fruit Juice" / "jus de fruits légèrement sucré",

"Packaged in (naming the Fruit) Juice" / "emballé dans du jus de (nom du fruit)" or "Packaged in Mixed Fruit Juice" / "emballé dans du jus de fruits mélangés",

depending on the percentage of soluble solids

205(1), 206(1), 273, SFCR

Processed fruits and vegetables listed in Schedule 7 of the SFCR

273, SFCR

All prepackaged:
Clearly and prominently shown, readily discernible

Consumer prepackaged:
Minimum 1.6 mm

208, 210(2), SFCR

On any part of the label other than solely on the bottom of the container
245(2) and (3), SFCR
"Vitamin C Added" / "additioné de vitamine C" or "Vitaminized" / "vitaminé", if ascorbic acid has been added to increase the Vitamin C content
205(1), 206(2), 272(1)(k), SFCR

Apple juice, mixed vegetable juice, tomato juice cocktail, prune nectar, apricot nectar, grape juice or grape juice from concentrate

272(1)(k), SFCR

All prepackaged:
Clearly and prominently shown, readily discernible

Consumer prepackaged:
Minimum 1.6 mm

208, 210(2), SFCR

On any part of the label other than solely on the bottom of the container
245(2) and (3), SFCR

"A Water Extract of Dried Prunes" / "extrait aqueux de pruneaux secs"

205(1), 206(2), 272(1)(l), SFCR

Prune nectar

272(1)(l), SFCR

All prepackaged:
Clearly and prominently shown, readily discernible

Consumer prepackaged:
Minimum 1.6 mm

208, 210(2), SFCR

Immediately following the common name

272(1)(l), SFCR

"Whole" / "entiers", if whole beans are not arranged in any definite position in a package
"Asparagus Style" / "genre asperges" or "Whole Vertical Pack" / "entiers, emballage vertical", if whole beans are packaged parallel to the sides of a package and are substantially equal in length
"Cut" / "coupés",  if pods are cut transversely into pieces that are not more than 51 mm in length and not less than 19 mm in length, except for shorter end pieces that result from cutting
"French Cut" / "coupe française" or "French Style" / "à la française", if pods are sliced lengthwise
205(1), 206(2), 272(1)(h), SFCR

Green or wax beans, frozen or in a hermetically sealed package

272(1)(h), SFCR

All prepackaged:
Clearly and prominently shown, readily discernible

Consumer prepackaged:
Minimum 1.6 mm

208, 210(2), SFCR

On any part of the label other than solely on the bottom of the container
245(2) and (3), SFCR

"Wild" / "de type sauvage" or "Cultivated" / "de type cultivé", as applicable,
and
"I.Q.F." (Individually Quick Frozen), "Individually Frozen" or "Free Flowing" / "surgelés" or "individuellement congelés" or "Non-free Flowing" / "non individuellement congelés", as applicable

205(1), 206(2), 272(1)(o), SFCR

Frozen blueberries

272(1)(o), SFCR

All prepackaged:
Clearly and prominently shown, readily discernible

Consumer prepackaged:
Minimum 1.6 mm

208, 210(2), SFCR

On any part of the label other than solely on the bottom of the container
245(2) and (3), SFCR
"Pitted" / "dénoyautées", if cherries are whole and stemmed and have had the pits removed
"Unpitted" / "non dénoyautées", if cherries are whole and stemmed and have not had the pits removed
205(1), 206(2), 272(1)(q), SFCR

Frozen sweet cherries

272(1)(q), SFCR

All prepackaged:
Clearly and prominently shown, readily discernible

Consumer prepackaged:
Minimum 1.6 mm

208, 210(2), SFCR

On any part of the label other than solely on the bottom of the container
245(2) and (3), SFCR

Regulated processed fruit or vegetable products packaged in hermetically sealed packages

Hermetically sealed product Grade
Compendium, Volume 3, Section #
Standard of identity
Canadian Standards of Identity, Volume 4, Section #
Standard container sizes
SFCR, Sch. 3, Table 5, Item #
Standard container sizes
SFCR, Sch. 3, Table 6, Item #
Standard container sizes -
Largest container prescribed SFCR, Sch. 3
Standard container sizes -
May be packed in smaller than smallest container size
Drained weights
Minimum Drained Weights and Average Drained Weights for Processed Fruit or Vegetable Products in a Hermetically Sealed Package, Table #, Item #
% Soluble solids
SFCR, Sch. 7, Item #
Size designation
Compendium, Volume 3, Part 3, Section 89 Table, Item #
Sliced Apples 1 4 1 2.84 L No Table 1A, 1 1(14)
Apple Juice 2 61 3 2 L Yes
Concentrated Apple Juice, Apple Juice Concentrate 3 62
Apple Juice from Concentrate 4 64 3 2 L Yes
Apple Sauce 5 10 1 2.84 L No
Apricots (whole or halved) 6 3 Table Note 1 1 2.84 L No Table 1A, 2 1(1)
Apricot Nectar 93
Asparagus (tips or spears) 7 15 4 2.84 L No Section 1, Table 2, 1 5
Asparagus (cuts or cuttings) 8 15 4 2.84 L No Section 1, Table 2, 1
Green Beans with Seasoning, Wax Beans with Seasoning, Green Beans (without Seasoning), Wax Beans (without Seasoning) 9 22 (with seasoning) 2 2.84 L No Table 1B, 1 1, 2
Beans, Vegetarian Beans 44 1 2.84 L No
Lima Beans 10 12 Table Note 2 2 2.84 L No Table 1B, 2 4
Lima Beans: Ripe, Dried Soaked, Dry, Cooked Dry 46
Bean Sprouts 41 9 2.84 L No Table 1B, 3
Beans with Pork, Beans and Pork 43 1 2.84 L No
Beets
(whole)
11 12 Table Note 2 2 2.84 L No Table 1B, 4
Beets (sliced) 12 12 Table Note 2 2 2.84 L No Table 1B, 4
Beets
(diced or cubed)
13 12 Table Note 2 2 2.84 L No Table 1B, 4
Beets
(cut or quartered)
14 12 Table Note 2 2 2.84 L No Table 1B, 4
Beets (julienne or shoestring) 15 12 Table Note 2 2 2.84 L No Table 1B, 4
Blackberries 3 Table Note 1 1(2)
Blueberries 16 3 Table Note 1 1 2.84 L No Table 1A, 3 1(15)
Boysenberries 3 Table Note 1 1(3)
Cantaloupe, Melons 3 Table Note 1 2(1)
Carrots (whole) 18 12 Table Note 2 2 2.84 L No Table 1B, 5
Carrots (sliced) 19 12 Table Note 2 2 2.84 L No Table 1B, 5
Carrots (diced or cubed) 20 12 Table Note 2 2 2.84 L No Table 1B, 5
Carrots (julienne or shoestring) 21 12 Table Note 2 2 2.84 L No Table 1B, 5
Cherries
(Red, Sour, Pitted)
22 3 Table Note 1 1 2.84 L No Table 1A, 4 1(4)
Cherries (Sweet) 23 3 Table Note 1 1 2.84 L No Table 1A, 5 1(16)
Maraschino Cherries, Crème de Menthe Cherries, Cocktail Cherries 24 5 9 4 L No 3(1)
Chutney 92 15 4 L Yes
Whole Corn, Cut Kernel Corn (with or without seasoning) 25 16 2 2.84 L No Table 1B, 6
Whole Corn, Cut Kernel Corn (vacuum packed) 25 16 5 2.13 L No
Cream Style Corn 26 17
Corn on the Cob 27 12 Table Note 2
Hominy Corn 23
Crab Apples 3 Table Note 1 1(5)
Cranberry Jelly, Jellied Cranberries 83
Cranberries, Cranberry Sauce 84
Currants 3 Table Note 1 1(6)
Fruit Cocktail 28 6 1 2.84 L No Table 1A, 6 2(2)
Fruits for Salad 29 7 1 2.84 L No Table 1A, 7 2(4)
Fruit Salad 30 8 1 2.84 L No Table 1A, 7 2(3)
(Naming the fruit) 3
(Naming the fruit) Juice 60 8 2 L Yes
Fruit Peel, Cut Mixed Peel 86 Table 3, 11 450 g No
Glace Fruit, Cut Mixed Fruit 85 Table 3, 11 450 g No
Gooseberries 3 Table Note 1 1(7)
Grape Juice 65 14 2 L Yes
Grape Juice Concentrate, Concentrated Grape Juice 66 14 2 L Yes
Grape Juice from Concentrate 67 14 2 L Yes
Grapefruit Sections 3 Table Note 1 7 2.84 L No Table 1A, 8 1(18)
Grapefruit and Orange Sections 3 Table Note 1 7 2.84 L No Table 1A, 9
Horseradish Sauce, Prepared Horseradish, Creamed Horseradish 18 4 L Yes
Infant and junior foods that are processed fruit or vegetable products 2 213 mL No
(Naming the fruit) Jam 74 12 4 L Yes
(Naming the fruit) Jam with Pectin 75 12 4 L Yes
Apple and (Naming the fruit) Jam, Rhubarb and (Naming the fruit) Jam 76 12 4 L Yes
(Naming the fruit) Jelly 77 12 4 L Yes
(Naming the fruit) Jelly with Pectin 78 12 4 L Yes
Lawton berries 3 Table Note 1 1(8)
Loganberries 3 Table Note 1 1(9)
(Naming the citrus fruit) Marmalade 80 12 4 L Yes
(Naming the citrus fruit) Marmalade with Pectin 81 12 4 L Yes
Mincemeat, Mince Meat, Mince, Fruit Mince 87
Mushrooms, Whole Mushrooms, Button Mushrooms, Sliced Button Mushrooms,Sliced Mushrooms 32 24 6 2.84 L No Table 1B, 8
Mushrooms, Stems and Pieces
and
Mushrooms, Pieces and Stems
25 10 2.84 L No Table 1B, 8
Creamed Mushrooms 26 10 2.84 L No
Olives (green) 90 16 2 L Yes
Olives 90
Onions 18
Mandarin Oranges 3 Table Note 1 13 2.42 L No 2(8)
Orange Sections 3 Table Note 1 7 2.84 L No
Peaches (whole, halved, sliced, diced or quartered) 33 3 Table Note 1 1 2.84 L No Table 1A, 10 2(5)
Peach Nectar 93
Pears
(whole, halved, sliced, diced or quartered)
34 3 Table Note 1 1 2.84 L No Table 1A, 11 2(6)
Pear Nectar 93
Peas 36 19 2 2.84 L No Table 1B, 9 3
Peas: Ripe, Dried Soaked, Dry, Cooked Dry 45
Peas and Carrots, Carrots and Peas 37 20 2 2.84 L No Table 1B, 10
Pickles 91 15 4 L Yes
Pie Filler, Pie Filling 88 11 2.84 L No
Pie Fruits 89 11 2.84 L No Table 1A, 2 to 4, 10, 12
Pineapple (sliced, crushed, tidbits or chunks) 3 Table Note 1 6 2.84 L No Table 1 2(7)
Plums, Prune Plums 35 9 1 2.84 L No Table 1A, 12 1(17)
White Potatoes (whole) 38 12 Table Note 2 2 2.84 L No Table 1B, 11 6
White Potatoes (sliced) 39 12 Table Note 2 2 2.84 L No Table 1B, 11
White Potatoes (diced or cubed) 40 12 Table Note 2 2 2.84 L No Table 1B, 11
White Potatoes (julienne, shoestring, regular cut or crinkle cut) 41 12 Table Note 2 2 2.84 L No Table 1B, 11
Sweet Potatoes
(cut)
42 21 10 2.84 L No Table 3, 1 2(9)
Sweet Potatoes (whole) 42 21 11 597 mL No Table 3, 1 2(9)
(Naming the fruit) Preserve, (Naming the fruit) Conserve 82 12 4 L Yes
Prune Nectar 94
Pumpkin 43 27 2 2.84 L No
Raspberries 3 Table Note 1 1(10)
Relishes 91 15 4 L Yes
Rhubarb 3 Table Note 1 1(11)
Sauerkraut 45 29 Table 1B, 12
Sauerkraut with Preservative 30 17 2.84 L No
Spaghetti in Tomato Sauce 5 2.84 L No
Spinach 46 12 Table Note 2 2 2.84 L No Section 2, Table 2
Squash 44 28 2 2.84 L No
Strawberries 17 3 Table Note 1 1 2.84 L No Table 1A, 13 1(12)
Thimbleberries 3 Table Note 1 1(13)
Tomatoes
(whole, almost whole, whole and pieces, wedges, sliced,
diced or chopped)
47 31 2 2.84 L No Table 1B, 13
Stewed Tomatoes 48 32 2 2.84 L No
Tomato Juice 49 71 3 2 L Yes
Concentrated Tomato Juice, Tomato Juice Concentrate 50 72 8 3.58 L No
Tomato Catsup, Catsup, Tomato Ketchup, Ketchup (optional grade) 54 38 12 1.5 L No
Tomato Chili Sauce (optional grade) 55 39
Tomato Paste, Concentrated Tomato Paste (optional grade) 53 36, 37 7 3.58 L No
Tomato Pulp (optional grade) 52 35 8 3.58 L No
Tomato Puree (optional grade) 51 34 8 3.58 L No
Vegetables for Chop Suey 42 9 2.84 L No Table 1B, 14
Mixed Vegetables (Macedoine) (optional grade) 31 13 2 2.84 L No Table 1B, 7
Vegetables in Sauce, in Butter Sauce, in Cheese Sauce 14
(Naming the vegetable) 12
(Naming the vegetable) Juice 70
Vegetable Soups, Condensed 3 2.84 L No
Vegetable Soups, Ready-to-Serve 4 2.84 L No

Table Notes

Table note 1

Generic standard of identity for fruits packaged in hermetically sealed packages.

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Table note 2

Generic standard of identity for vegetables packaged in hermetically sealed packages.

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Regulated frozen processed fruit or vegetable products

Frozen product Grade
Compendium, Volume 3, Section #
Standard of identity
Canadian Standards of Identity, Volume 4, Section #
Standard container sizes
SFCR, Sch. 3, Table 3, Item #
Standard container sizes -
Largest container prescribed SFCR, Sch. 3
Standard container sizes -
May be packed in smaller than smallest container size
% Soluble solids
SFCR, Sch. 7, Item #
Size designation
Compendium, Volume 3 Part 3, Section 89 Table, Item #
Frozen Sliced Apples 57 48 2 & 3 2 kg No 1(14)
Frozen Concentrated Apple Juice 58 63 Table 4, 1 1.36 L No
Frozen Apricots 59 47 Table Note 3 2 & 3 2 kg No 1(1)
Frozen Asparagus (tips or spears) 60 52 Table Note 4 8 2 kg Yes
Frozen Asparagus (cuts or cuttings) 61 52 Table Note 4 8 2 kg Yes
Frozen Beans (Green or Wax) 62 52 Table Note 4 8 2 kg Yes
Frozen Lima Beans 63 52 Table Note 4 4 2 kg Yes
Frozen Blackberries 47 Table Note 3 1(2)
Frozen Blueberries 64 47 Table Note 3 2 & 3 2 kg No 1(15)
Frozen Boysenberries 47 Table Note 3 1(3)
Frozen Broccoli (cut or chopped), Broccoli Spears 67 52 Table Note 4 8 2 kg Yes
Frozen Brussels Sprouts 68 52 Table Note 4 8 2 kg Yes 9
Frozen Cantaloupe, Melons 47 Table Note 3 2(1)
Frozen Carrots
(cut carrots-baby whole style, cut carrots-whole style, whole carrots or whole baby carrots)
69 52 Table Note 4 6 2 kg Yes 7, 8
Frozen Carrots (diced or sliced) 69 52 Table Note 4 6 2 kg Yes
Frozen Cauliflower 70 52 Table Note 4 8 2 kg Yes
Frozen Cherries (Red, Sour, Pitted) 71 47 Table Note 3 2 & 3 2 kg No 1(4)
Frozen Cherries (Sweet) 72 47 Table Note 3 2 & 3 2 kg No 1(16)
Frozen Whole Kernel Corn 73 52 Table Note 4 4 2 kg Yes
Frozen Corn on the Cob 74 52 Table Note 4
Frozen Crab Apples 47 Table Note 3 1(5)
Frozen Currants 47 Table Note 3 1(6)
Frozen French Fried Potatoes (straight cut or regular cut, shoestring or julienne, crinkle cut, crinkle cut shoestring or crinkle cut julienne)  84 56 10 20 kg Yes
Frozen Fruit Cocktail 75 49 2 & 3 2 kg No 2(2)
Frozen Fruits for Salad 76 50 2 & 3 2 kg No 2(4)
Frozen Fruit Salad 77 51 2 & 3 2 kg No 2(3)
Frozen (Naming the fruit) 47
Frozen Gooseberries 47 Table Note 3 1(7)
Frozen Grapefruit 47 Table Note 3 1(18)
Frozen Lawton berries 47 Table Note 3 1(8)
Frozen Loganberries 47 Table Note 3 1(9)
Frozen Mandarin Oranges 47 Table Note 3 2(8)
Frozen Mushrooms 54
Frozen Onions 55
Frozen Concentrated Orange Juice 80 68
Sweetened Frozen Concentrated Orange Juice 69
Frozen Peaches (halved, sliced, diced or quartered) 81 47 Table Note 3 2 & 3 2 kg No 2(5)
Frozen Pears 47 Table Note 3 2(6)
Frozen Peas 82 52 Table Note 4 4 2 kg Yes
Frozen Peas and Carrots (diced, sliced or whole), Frozen Carrots (diced, sliced or whole) and Peas 83 53 6 2 kg Yes
Frozen Pineapple 47 Table Note 3 2(7)
Frozen Plums, Prune Plums 47 Table Note 3 1(17)
Frozen Sweet Potatoes 52 Table Note 4 2(9)
Frozen Raspberries 47 Table Note 3 1(10)
Frozen Rhubarb (cut) 87 47 Table Note 3 2 & 3 2 kg No 1(11)
Frozen Spinach (whole leaf, cut or chopped) 88 52 Table Note 4 5 2 kg Yes
Frozen Cooked Squash 85 57 9 2 kg Yes
Frozen Uncooked Squash
(diced or cubed)
86 58 9 2 kg Yes
Frozen Strawberries (whole) 65 47 Table Note 3 2 & 3 2 kg No 1(12)
Frozen Strawberries (sliced) 66 47 Table Note 3 2 & 3 2 kg No 1(12)
Frozen Thimbleberries 47 Table Note 3 1(13)
Frozen Mixed Vegetables 78 52 Table Note 4 6 2 kg Yes
Special blends of frozen vegetables 79 52 Table Note 4 7 2 kg Yes
Frozen (Naming the vegetable) 52

Table Notes

Table note 3

Generic standard of identity for frozen fruits.

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Table note 4

Generic standard of identity for frozen vegetables.

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Summary of labelling requirements for processed fruit or vegetable products

Requirements Type height/legibility Location on label Language(s)

Common Name

B.01.006(1), FDR
218(1)(a), SFCR

All prepackaged:
Clearly and prominently shown, readily discernible and legible

Consumer prepackaged:
Minimum 1.6 mm

208, 210(2), SFCR

Principal display panel

B.01.006(1), FDR
218(1)(a), SFCR

Consumer prepackaged:
Both official languages (i.e., English and French)

Prepackaged other than consumer prepackaged:
At least one official language

B.01.012, FDR
205(1), 206(1), SFCR

Net Quantity

231(a), 232, 244, 272(1)(a), SFCR

All prepackaged:
Clearly and prominently shown, readily discernible and legible

Consumer prepackaged:

  • In distinct contrast to any other information on the label and numerical quantity in boldface type
  • Shown in characters of at least the minimum character height that is set out in column 2 of Schedule 6 of the SFCR for the area of a principal display surface that is set out in column 1

208, 229(1)(a), 230, SFCR

On principal display panel

221, 272(1)(a), SFCR

Consumer prepackaged:
Both official languages (i.e., English and French)

Prepackaged other than consumer prepackaged:
At least one official language

B.01.012, FDR
205(1), 206(1), SFCR

Grade

306(1), SFCR
CGC Table Note 5 Volume 3 and Volume 9

All prepackaged:
Clearly and prominently shown, readily discernible and legible

Consumer prepackaged:
Characters of at least the minimum character height that is set out in column 2 of Schedule 6 of the SFCR for the area of a principal display surface that is set out in column 1

208, 312(b), SFCR

Consumer prepackaged:
On principal display panel

312(a), SFCR

Consumer prepackaged: Both official languages (i.e., English and French)

Prepackaged other than consumer prepackaged:
At least one official language

205(1), 206(1), SFCR

Size Designation

Required for certain processed vegetable products

322, SFCR

Minimum 1.6 mm

322(1), SFCR

In close proximity to grade name
322(1), SFCR

Consumer prepackaged: Both official languages (i.e., English and French)

Prepackaged other than consumer prepackaged:
At least one official language

205(1), 206(1) and (2), SFCR

Country of Origin
(for imported product)

Country of origin statement, or the country of origin is part of the name and principal place of business of the foreign packer

274(1), SFCR

Clearly and prominently shown, readily discernible and legible
Minimum 1.6 mm

If packaged for a Canadian importer under the importer's private label,

  • at least 6.4 mm (1/4 inch) in height, if the net quantity is more than 283.5 g;
  • at least 3.2 mm (1/8 inch) in height, if the net quantity is 283.5 g or less.

208, 274(2) and (3), SFCR

On any part of the label other than solely on the bottom of the container 245(2) and (3), SFCR

Consumer prepackaged:
Both official languages (i.e., English and French)

Prepackaged other than consumer prepackaged:
At least one official language

B.01.012, FDR
205(1), 206(1), SFCR

Name and Principal Place of Business

B.01.007(1.1)(a), FDR
218(1)(b), SFCR

All prepackaged:
Clearly and prominently shown, readily discernible and legible

Consumer prepackaged:
Minimum 1.6 mm

208, 210(2), SFCR

On any part of the label other than solely on the bottom of the container

B.01.005, FDR
218(2), SFCR

At least one official language (i.e. English and/or French)

B.01.012(9), FDR
205(1), 206(1), SFCR

Other required markings Refer to Table: Other required markings for processed fruit or vegetable products Refer to Table: Other required markings for processed fruit or vegetable products Refer to Table: Other required markings for processed fruit or vegetable products

Table Notes

Table Note 5

The abbreviation CGC means Canadian Grade Compendium.

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Additional information

Information letters/policy updates

Composition and Labelling of Pomegranate Juice to Ensure Compliance with Canadian Requirements

Guidelines

Guidelines on Beverages or Beverage Mixes Identified with Name of a Fruit

Decisions

Juice and Juice Products

Definitions

Common name

Common name, in respect of a food, means:

In the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations,

In the Food and Drug Regulations,

Consumer prepackaged

Consumer prepackaged, in respect of a food, means packaged in a container (definition) in the manner in which the food is ordinarily sold to or used or purchased by an individual — or in which the food may reasonably be expected to be obtained by an individual — without being repackaged, to be used for non-commercial purposes [1, SFCR].

Container

Container means an outer receptacle or covering that is used or to be used in connection with a food. It includes a wrapper and a confining band but does not include a conveyance (definition) or any container that is an integral part of a conveyance [1, SFCR].

Conveyance

Conveyance means a vessel, aircraft, train, motor vehicle, trailer or other means of transportation, including a cargo container [2, SFCA].

Foreign state

Foreign state includes a WTO Member as defined in subsection 2(1) of the World Trade Organization Agreement Implementation Act [1, SFCR].

Grade name

A prescribed name, mark or designation of a food commodity [2, SFCA].

Hermetically sealed package

A package that, due to its design, is secure against the entry of micro-organisms, including spores [1, SFCR].

Person

Person means an individual or an organization as defined in section 2 of the Criminal Code [2, FDA; 2, SFCA].

A person may therefore be an individual or an organization, and may include a consumer, a manufacturer, a retailer, an importer, a restaurant, any other commercial or industrial enterprise, an institution such as a school or hospital, and anyone else who sells, uses, or buys a food.

Prepackaged

Prepackaged, in respect of a food, means packaged in a container (definition) in the manner in which the food is ordinarily sold to or used or purchased by a person (definition), and includes consumer prepackaged (definition) [1, SFCR].

Processed fruit or vegetable product

Means a food,

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