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Labelling requirements for processed fruit or vegetable products

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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 are subject to the provisions of the:

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 include:

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

Common name

The common name must appear on the principal display panel of prepackaged processed fruit or vegetable products [B.01.006(1), FDR; 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 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 [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".

"Strawberry Jam" falls under the generic standard of identity in item 74 of Volume 4 of the Canadian Standards of Identity, which is "(Naming the fruit) Jam". "Strawberry Jam" is also a standardized product under the FDR under the generic standard B.11.201 "(Naming the fruit) Jam". The common name of the food is therefore "Strawberry Jam".

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".

When a processed fruit or vegetable product does not have a prescribed common name, the appropriate common name is the name by which the food is generally known, or if there is no such name, a name that is not generic and that describes the food [B.01.001(1), FDR; 1, SFCR].

Prepackaged processed fruit or vegetable products can undergo various treatments that significantly alter their true nature. Examples of such treatments include carbonation, concentration and reconstitution. In these cases, when there is no prescribed common name for a processed fruit or vegetable product, a descriptive term that indicates the condition of the product resulting from the treatment must be included in its common name (for example “carbonated”, “concentrated”, “reconstituted”) in order to distinguish it from other foods for which it could be mistaken [B.01.006.1(c), FDR].

For more information, refer to the Common name and True nature pages.

Net quantity

The net quantity must be declared on the principal display panel of prepackaged 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, 244.1(e), 244.2, 244.4(c), SFCR].

Certain products are sold in containers that already indicate a declaration of capacity (for example, 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

Refer to the Net quantity page for more information, including minimum type size requirements.

Standard container sizes

Some processed fruit or vegetable products that are interprovincially traded or imported are subject to standard container sizes prescribed in the document titled Standard Container Sizes, which is incorporated by reference into the SFCR [187, 188(1), SFCR].

Frozen processed fruit or vegetable products are not subject to standard container sizes.

Information from the Standard Container Sizes document is summarized in the table titled Regulated processed fruit or vegetable products in hermetically sealed packages. The "Standard container sizes" column specifies which table and item of the Standard Container Sizes document outline the standard container sizes for each product, if any.

When a product is subject to standard container sizes, the net quantity declared on the label must correspond to one of the sizes in the Standard Container Sizes document. If the processed fruit or vegetable product is packaged in a hermetically sealed metal container, the dimensions of the metal container must be those specified in the document for the corresponding net quantity [188(1), SFCR].

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 container size.

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 Package [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

The other required markings summarized in the following table apply to prepackaged processed fruit or vegetable products that are interprovincially traded, imported or exported. Note that the requirements for "Keep Refrigerated" / "garder réfrigéré" and "Keep Frozen" / "garder congelé", as applicable, also apply to products sold intraprovincially.

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.

Table: Other required markings for prepackaged processed fruit or vegetable products
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 drained weight and average drained weight, as set out in the document Minimum Drained Weights and Average Drained Weights for Processed Fruit or Vegetable Products in a Hermetically Sealed Package

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

Processed fruit or vegetable products

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

Prepackaged:
Clearly and prominently shown, readily discernible

208, SFCR
A.01.016, FDR

On the principal display panel

48(2), SFCR
B.27.002(2)(b), FDR

"Keep Refrigerated" and "garder réfrigéré"

48(2), 205(1), 206(2), 272(b), 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(b), SFCR
B.27.002(2)(a), FDR

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

On the principal display panel (low acid-food)

B.27.002(2)(a), FDR
48(2), 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 food and the percentage of soluble solids

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

Table 5, Descriptive Words, Expressions and Identification Names for Specific Foods document

Processed fruits and vegetables listed in Table 5 of the Descriptive Words, Expressions and Identification Names for Specific Foods document

273, SFCR

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

Descriptive words about the true nature of processed fruit or vegetable products

Additional descriptive words that tell about the true nature of prepackaged processed fruit or vegetable products must be shown on the principal display panel when their omission will likely result in the food being mistaken for another food. This includes, but is not limited to, description of the various forms or styles of the food (such as whole, diced or crushed in the case of canned tomatoes), its condition (such as carbonated to indicate addition of carbon dioxide to fruit juices) or its packaging medium (such as packed in water or brine) [B.01.006.1, FDR].

Please note that for processed fruit products, as well as processed sweet potatoes, that are packaged in syrup or fruit juice, the identification names listed in Table 5 of the Descriptive Words, Expressions and Identification Names for Specific Foods document are the mandatory expressions that must be used to describe the packaging medium. Refer to Other required markings for more information.

Here are some examples where additional wording is needed to describe the true nature of the product:

For detailed information on this requirement, including exceptions, refer to True nature.

Name and principal place of business

The label of a prepackaged 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) and (2), SFCR].

For more details, including manner of declaring, please refer to the Name and principal place of business page.

Country of origin

The label of an imported prepackaged 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.

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 processed fruit or vegetable products, when not declared as part of the name and principal place of business, and at least 1 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, in characters that are at least 1.6 mm in height [B.01.012, FDR; 205(1), 206(1), 208, 245(2) and (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 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 Volume 3 of the Compendium for the specific grade names applicable to each product, where a grade name 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 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 1 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.

Lot numbers or lot codes are mandatory for low-acid foods packaged in hermetically sealed containers (for example, canned vegetables) [B.27.005, FDR].

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 on the Date markings and storage instructions page.

As well, refer to Legibility requirements for other specific labelling topics for information on the legibility requirements that are applicable to lot codes.

Ministerial exemptions

The SFCR provide for 2 types of ministerial exemptions from the application of a provision of the act or the regulations. The 2 types of ministerial exemptions are [174(1), SFCR]:

For more information, refer to the Ministerial exemptions page.

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

Regulated processed fruit or vegetable products in hermetically sealed packages

Hermetically sealed product Grades (Compendium, Volume 3, section #) Standard of identity (Canadian Standards of Identity, Volume 4, section #) Standard container sizes (Standard Container Sizes document, table #, item #) Drained weights (Minimum Drained Weights and Average Drained Weights for Processed Fruit or Vegetable Products in a Hermetically Sealed Package, section #, table #, item #) Identification names for food packaged in syrup or fruit juice (Descriptive Words, Expressions and Identification Names for Specific Foods, table 5, item #) Size designation (Compendium, Volume 3, part 3, section 89 table, item #)
Sliced apples 1 4 section 1, table 1A, 1 1(14)
Apple juice 2 61
Concentrated apple juice, apple juice concentrate 3 62
Apple juice from concentrate 4 64
Apple sauce 5 10
Apricots (whole or halved) 6 3 Table note 1 section 1, table 1A, 2 1(1)
Apricot nectar 93
Asparagus (tips or spears) 7 15 section 1, table 2, 1 5
Asparagus (cuts or cuttings) 8 15 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) table 5, 1 section 1, table 1B, 1 1, 2
Beans, vegetarian beans 44 table 6, 1
Lima beans 10 12 Table note 2 table 5, 1 section 1, table 1B, 2 4
Lima beans: ripe, dried soaked, dry, cooked dry 46
Bean sprouts 41 section 1, table 1B, 3
Beans with pork, beans and pork 43 table 6, 1
Beets (whole) 11 12 Table note 2 table 5, 1 section 1, table 1B, 4
Beets (sliced) 12 12 Table note 2 table 5, 1 section 1, table 1B, 4
Beets (diced or cubed) 13 12 Table note 2 table 5, 1 section 1, table 1B, 4
Beets (cut or quartered) 14 12 Table note 2 table 5, 1 section 1, table 1B, 4
Beets (julienne or shoestring) 15 12 Table note 2 table 5, 1 section 1, table 1B, 4
Blackberries 3 Table note 1 1(2)
Blueberries 16 3 Table note 1 section 1, 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 table 5, 1 section 1, table 1B, 5
Carrots (sliced) 19 12 Table note 2 table 5, 1 section 1, table 1B, 5
Carrots (diced or cubed) 20 12 Table note 2 table 5, 1 section 1, table 1B, 5
Carrots (julienne or shoestring) 21 12 Table note 2 table 5, 1 section 1, table 1B, 5
Cherries (red, sour, pitted) 22 3 Table note 1 section 1, table 1A, 4 1(4)
Cherries (sweet) 23 3 Table note 1 section 1, table 1A, 5 1(16)
Maraschino cherries, crème de menthe cherries, cocktail cherries 24 5 table 5, 7 3(1)
Chutney 92 table 6, 6
Whole corn, cut kernel corn (with or without seasoning) 25 16 table 5, 1 section 1, table 1B, 6
Whole corn, cut kernel corn (vacuum packed) 25 16 table 5, 3
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 section 1, table 1A, 6 2(2)
Fruits for salad 29 7 section 1, table 1A, 7 2(4)
Fruit salad 30 8 section 1, table 1A, 7 2(3)
(Naming the fruit) 3
(Naming the fruit) juice 60
Fruit peel, cut mixed peel 86 table 4, 1
Glace fruit, cut mixed fruit 85 table 4, 1
Gooseberries 3 Table note 1 1(7)
Grape juice 65
Grape juice concentrate, concentrated grape juice 66
Grape juice from concentrate 67
Grapefruit sections 3 Table note 1 section 1, table 1A, 8 1(18)
Grapefruit and orange sections 3 Table note 1 section 1, table 1A, 9
Horseradish sauce, prepared horseradish, creamed horseradish table 6, 9
Infant and junior foods that are processed fruit or vegetable products table 6, 2
(Naming the fruit) jam 74
(Naming the fruit) jam with pectin 75
Apple and (naming the fruit) jam, rhubarb and (naming the fruit) jam 76
(Naming the fruit) jelly 77
(Naming the fruit) jelly with pectin 78
Lawton berries 3 Table note 1 1(8)
Loganberries 3 Table note 1 1(9)
(Naming the citrus fruit) marmalade 80
(Naming the citrus fruit) marmalade with pectin 81
Mincemeat, mince meat, mince, fruit mince 87
Mushrooms, whole mushrooms, button mushrooms, sliced button mushrooms, sliced mushrooms 32 24 table 5, 4 section 1, table 1B, 8
Mushrooms, stems and pieces and mushrooms, pieces and stems 25 table 6, 4 section 1, table 1B, 8
Creamed mushrooms 26 table 6, 4
Olives (green) 90 table 6, 7
Olives 90
Onions 18
Mandarin oranges 3 Table note 1 2(8)
Orange sections 3 Table note 1
Peaches (whole, halved, sliced, diced or quartered) 33 3 Table note 1 section 1, table 1A, 10 2(5)
Peach nectar 93
Pears (whole, halved, sliced, diced or quartered) 34 3 Table note 1 section 1, table 1A, 11 2(6)
Pear nectar 93
Peas 36 19 table 5, 1 section 1, table 1B, 9 3
Peas: ripe, dried soaked, dry, cooked dry 45
Peas and carrots, carrots and peas 37 20 table 5, 1 section 1, table 1B, 10
Pickles 91 table 6, 6
Pie filler, pie filling 88 table 6, 5
Pie fruits 89 table 6, 5 section 1, table 1A, 2 to 4, 10, 12
Pineapple (sliced, crushed, tidbits or chunks) 3 Table note 1 section 2, table 1 2(7)
Plums, prune plums 35 9 section 1, table 1A, 12 1(17)
White potatoes (whole) 38 12 Table note 2 table 5, 1 section 1, table 1B, 11 6
White potatoes (sliced) 39 12 Table note 2 table 5, 1 section 1, table 1B, 11
White potatoes (diced or cubed) 40 12 Table note 2 table 5, 1 section 1, table 1B, 11
White potatoes (julienne, shoestring, regular cut or crinkle cut) 41 12 Table note 2 table 5, 1 section 1, table 1B, 11
Sweet potatoes (whole or cut) 42 21 section 1, table 3, 1 2(9)
(Naming the fruit) preserve, (naming the fruit) conserve 82
Prune nectar 94
Pumpkin 43 27 table 5, 1
Raspberries 3 Table note 1 1(10)
Relishes 91 table 6, 6
Rhubarb 3 Table note 1 1(11)
Sauerkraut 45 29 section 1, table 1B, 12
Sauerkraut with preservative 30 table 6, 8
Spaghetti in tomato sauce table 6, 3
Spinach 46 12 Table note 2 table 5, 1 section 2, table 2
Squash 44 28 table 5, 1
Strawberries 17 3 Table note 1 section 1, 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 table 5, 1 section 1, table 1B, 13
Stewed tomatoes 48 32 table 5, 1
Tomato juice 49 71 table 5, 2
Concentrated tomato juice, tomato juice concentrate 50 72 table 5, 6
Tomato catsup, catsup, tomato ketchup, ketchup (optional grade) 54 38 table 5, 8
Tomato chili sauce (optional grade) 55 39
Tomato paste, concentrated tomato paste (optional grade) 53 36, 37 table 5, 5
Tomato pulp (optional grade) 52 35 table 5, 6
Tomato puree (optional grade) 51 34 table 5, 6
Vegetables for chop suey 42 section 1, table 1B, 14
Mixed vegetables (macedoine) (optional grade) 31 13 table 5, 1 section 1, table 1B, 7
Vegetables in sauce, in butter sauce, in cheese sauce 14
(Naming the vegetable) 12
(Naming the vegetable) juice 70

Table notes

Table note 1

Generic standard of identity for fruits in hermetically sealed packages.

Return to table note 1  referrer

Table note 2

Generic standard of identity for vegetables in hermetically sealed packages.

Return to table note 2  referrer

Regulated frozen processed fruit or vegetable products

Frozen product Grades (Compendium, Volume 3, section #) Standard of identity (Canadian Standards of Identity, Volume 4, section #) Identification names for food packaged in syrup or fruit juice (Descriptive Words, Expressions and Identification Names for Specific Foods, table 5, item #) Size designation (Compendium, Volume 3, part 3, section 89 table, item #)
Frozen sliced apples 57 48 1(14)
Frozen concentrated apple juice 58 63
Frozen apricots 59 47 Table note 3 1(1)
Frozen asparagus (tips or spears) 60 52 Table note 4
Frozen asparagus (cuts or cuttings) 61 52 Table note 4
Frozen beans (green or wax) 62 52 Table note 4
Frozen lima beans 63 52 Table note 4
Frozen blackberries 47 Table note 3 1(2)
Frozen blueberries 64 47 Table note 3 1(15)
Frozen Boysenberries 47 Table note 3 1(3)
Frozen broccoli (cut or chopped), broccoli spears 67 52 Table note 4
Frozen brussels sprouts 68 52 Table note 4 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 7, 8
Frozen carrots (diced or sliced) 69 52 Table note 4
Frozen cauliflower 70 52 Table note 4
Frozen cherries (red, sour, pitted) 71 47 Table note 3 1(4)
Frozen cherries (sweet) 72 47 Table note 3 1(16)
Frozen whole kernel corn 73 52 Table note 4
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
Frozen fruit cocktail 75 49 2(2)
Frozen fruits for salad 76 50 2(4)
Frozen fruit salad 77 51 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(5)
Frozen pears 47 Table note 3 2(6)
Frozen peas 82 52 Table note 4
Frozen peas and carrots (diced, sliced or whole), frozen carrots (diced, sliced or whole) and peas 83 53
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 1(11)
Frozen spinach (whole leaf, cut or chopped) 88 52 Table note 4
Frozen cooked squash 85 57
Frozen uncooked squash
(diced or cubed)
86 58
Frozen strawberries (whole) 65 47 Table note 3 1(12)
Frozen strawberries (sliced) 66 47 Table note 3 1(12)
Frozen thimbleberries 47 Table note 3 1(13)
Frozen mixed vegetables 78 52 Table note 4
Special blends of frozen vegetables 79 52 Table note 4
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

Prepackaged:
Clearly and prominently shown, readily discernible

Consumer prepackaged:
Minimum 1.6 mm

A.01.016, FDR
208, 210(2), SFCR

On principal display panel

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

Consumer prepackaged:
Both official languages (English and French)

Prepackaged other than consumer prepackaged:
At least 1 official language

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

Net quantity

221, 231(a), 232, 243, 244, 244.1(e), 244.2, SFCR

Prepackaged:
Clearly and prominently shown, readily discernible

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, 244.4(c), SFCR

Consumer prepackaged:
Both official languages (English and French), unless bilingual symbols are used

Prepackaged other than consumer prepackaged:
At least 1 official language

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

Grade

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

Prepackaged:
Clearly and prominently shown, readily discernible

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 (English and French)

Prepackaged other than consumer prepackaged:
At least 1 official language

205(1), 206(1), SFCR

Size designation
Required for certain processed vegetable products

322, SFCR

Clearly and prominently shown, readily discernible

Minimum 1.6 mm

208, 322(1), SFCR

In close proximity to grade name

322(1), SFCR

Consumer prepackaged: Both official languages (English and French)

Prepackaged other than consumer prepackaged:
At least 1 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

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 (English and French)

Prepackaged other than consumer prepackaged:
At least 1 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

Prepackaged:
Clearly and prominently shown, readily discernible

Consumer prepackaged:
Minimum 1.6 mm

A.01.016, FDR
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 1 official language (English and/or French)

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

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

Decisions

Juice and juice products

Definitions

Common name

Common name, in respect of a food, means:
In the FDR,

  • the name of the food printed in boldface type, but not in italics, in the FDR
  • the name prescribed by any other federal regulation, or
  • if the name of the food is not so printed or prescribed, the name by which the food is generally known or a name that is not generic and that describes the food [B.01.001(1), FDR]

In the SFCR,

  • the name of the food that is printed in boldface type, but not in italics, in the Canadian Standards of Identity document incorporated by reference (IbR) in the SFCR
  • the name of the food that is printed in boldface type, but not in italics, in the FDR, or
  • in any other case, the name by which the food is generally known or a name that is not generic and that describes the food [1, SFCR]
Consumer prepackaged

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

Processed fruit or vegetable product

Processed fruit or vegetable product means a fruit or vegetable that is in a hermetically sealed package and is commercially sterile or that has been cooked, frozen, concentrated, pickled or otherwise prepared to assure its preservation and

  • for which a standard is set out in Volume 4 of the Canadian Standards of Identity
  • for which a grade is set out in Volume 3 of the Canadian Grade Compendium, or
  • that is identified as a processed fruit or vegetable product in the Standard Container Sizes document [1, SFCR]
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