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Archived - Previously Frozen Meat, Poultry, or Fish

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Section B.01.080 of the Food and Drug Regulations provides special labelling requirements for meat, poultry or fish that has been previously frozen (i.e. frozen and thawed prior to sale). For your information, this section has been reproduced below:

  1. In this section, "frozen" means preserved by freezing temperature and does not include any surface freezing that may occur during holding and transportation.
  2. Where meat, meat by-products, poultry meat, poultry by-products or fish, or meat of any marine or fresh water animal, that has been frozen is thawed prior to sale, the words "previously frozen" shall be shown:
    1. on the principal display panel in close proximity to the common name of the food and in letters at least as legible and conspicuous as those used in the common name;
    2. anywhere on the principal display panel in letters of not less than 1/4 of an inch (6.4 millimetres) in height; or
    3. on a sign displayed adjacent to the food in letters that are legible and conspicuous to a prospective purchaser.
  3. Where part of a food referred to in subsection (2) has been frozen and thawed prior to sale, the words "Made from fresh and frozen portions" or "Made from fresh and frozen (naming the food)" shall be shown in the manner described in paragraph (2)(a), (b) or (c).
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