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Labelling requirements for processed fruit or vegetable products
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:

  • Canada Fancy
  • Canada Choice
  • Canada Standard

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

  • Canada A
  • Canada B
  • Canada C

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:

  • FANCY GRADE
  • CHOICE GRADE
  • STANDARD GRADE

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

  • GRADE A
  • GRADE B
  • GRADE C

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.

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