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Notice to industry – Changes to the Canadian Grade Compendium: Volume 2 – Fresh Fruit or Vegetables

July 7, 2023

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Summary of changes

This notice is to inform industry that changes have been made to the Canadian Grade Compendium: Volume 2 – Fresh Fruit or Vegetables.

These changes reflect what we heard from industry, trading partners, stakeholders, and the feedback received during the consultation period. The changes include:

The modified and new standards are found in Part 2: Grade Requirements for Fresh Vegetables:

The second part of Phase 1, regarding the Grades and Requirements for Greenhouse Tomatoes, paragraphs 193-199, is currently under review for further discussion with industry.

The Canadian Grade Compendium is incorporated by reference into the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations. Changes to these documents follow the CFIA Incorporation by Reference Policy. The amended versions can be found in the Inventory of documents incorporated by reference in regulations that the CFIA administers.

Products subject to change

This change applies to the following fresh vegetables:

Transition period

The CFIA is committed to providing industry with sufficient time to adjust product grading and labels. The transition period begins July 7, 2023, when this change came into force, and ends on January 6, 2024.

During the transition period, regulated parties may comply with either the previous or new grade requirements.

As of January 7, 2024, the previous grade requirements will cease to apply, and all regulated parties must comply with the new requirements.

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