Exemptions under the Test Marketing Provision of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations
Test Marketing List – Updated October 2016

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All the following Test Markets are applied on a national basis
Table Summary

This table charts the products, the starting date, the nature of the test market and the status.

Product Starting Date Nature of Test Market Status
Apples 29 November 1996 Test Market will allow tags on apple bags printed with the mandatory information required under the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations (i.e., grade, diameter size range, variety, country of origin, registration number). Mandatory information required by other legislation, such as the Food and Drug Regulations or Consumer Packaging and Labelling Regulations, must be declared on the bag as prescribed by that legislation This Test Market has been accepted and will be incorporated into the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations. Meanwhile, the Test Market will continue until the regulatory amendment is promulgated.
Apples 06 June 1997 Test Market will exempt watercore requirements for Fuji variety of apples and harmonize Canadian and U.S. Standards for watercore. This Test Market has been accepted and will be incorporated into the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations. Meanwhile, the Test Market will continue until the regulatory amendment is promulgated.
Apples 06 October 1997 Test Market will amend paragraph 5.(2)(a) of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations to allow maximum container capacity for apples to be 200 kg net weight. This Test Market has been accepted and will be incorporated into the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations. Meanwhile, the Test Market will continue until the regulatory amendment is promulgated.
Apples 02 December 2002 Test Market will allow the marketing of "Lady" apples or other such apple varieties used for ornamental purposes, with a diameter of two inches and less. This Test market has been accepted and will be incorporated into the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations. Meanwhile, the Test Market will continue until the regulatory amendment is promulgated.
Apples 07 June 2004 Test Market will amend subsection 5.(2) of Schedule I, Part I to permit the marketing of Canada Extra Fancy and Canada Fancy apples of different varieties in containers not exceeding 20 kg. This Test Market has been accepted and will be incorporated into the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations. Meanwhile, the Test Market will continue until the regulatory amendment is promulgated.
Apricots 07 June 2004 Test Market will amend paragraph 5.(2)(a) of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations to allow for maximum container capacity for apricots to be 200 kg net weight. This Test Market has been accepted and will be incorporated into the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations. Meanwhile, the Test Market will continue until the regulatory amendment is promulgated.
Beets 01 June 2010 Test Market will amend Item 1 of Table I of Schedule II of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations to introduce a three (3) pound (1.36 kg) standard container size for beets. Test Market ongoing
Beets 24 October 2016

Test Market will amend paragraph 11(b) of Schedule I, Part II of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations to allow beets of various colours to be packaged together.

The paragraph will read: (changes in bold)
11. In addition to the standards for each grade and subject to the general tolerances set out in sections 14 and 15, beets of all grades shall
(b) have similar varietal characteristics, or be in accordance with the variety or colour marked on the container or on the label;

Test Market ongoing
Blueberries 24 July 2000 Test Market will amend paragraph 2.1(2)(c.1) of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations exempting blueberries for processing from the Regulations, unless a grade is declared This Test Market has been accepted and will be incorporated into the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations. Meanwhile, the Test Market will continue until the regulatory amendment is promulgated.
Cantaloups 20 July 2009 Test Market will amend paragraph 2.1(2)(c.1) of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulationsexempting cantaloups from the Regulations, unless a grade is declared. Test Market ongoing
Carrots 01 March 2008 Test Market will amend paragraph 31.(b) of Schedule I, Part II of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations allowing for carrots of different varieties or colors to be marketed within a package. Paragraph 31.(b) will read: (changes in bold)

31. In addition to the standards for each grade and subject to the general tolerances set out in sections 34 and 35, carrots of all grades shall

(b) have similar varietal characteristics, or be in accordance with the variety or color marked on the container or on the label

Test Market ongoing
Crabapples 20 July 2009 Test Market will amend paragraph 2.1(2)(c.1) of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations exempting crabapples from the Regulations, unless a grade is declared. Test Market ongoing
Cranberries 31 October 2008 Test Market will amend paragraph 2.1(2)(c.1) of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations exempting cranberries from the Regulations, unless a grade is declared Test Market ongoing
Field Rhubarb 20 July 2009 Test Market will amend paragraph 2.1(2)(c.1) of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations exempting field rhubarb from the Regulations, unless a grade is declared. Test Market ongoing
Grapes Vitis vinifera type table grapes 18 September 1995 Test Market will amend the Grades and Standards for Grapes and introduce requirements for grapes of varieties grown from Vitis vinifera for table grapes. This Test Market has been accepted and will be incorporated into the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations. Meanwhile, the Test Market will continue until the regulatory amendment is promulgated.
Greenhouse Cucumbers 01 May 1996 Test Market will introduce a Canada Utility Grade for greenhouse cucumbers to the Grades and Standards for Greenhouse Cucumbers in Schedule I, Part II. (See end of document for specifics). This Test Market has been accepted and will be incorporated into the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations. Meanwhile, the Test Market will continue until the regulatory amendment is promulgated.
Greenhouse Cucumbers 01 December 2006 The Test Market will amend subparagraphs 62.(1)(e)(ii) and 63.(1)(d)(ii) of Schedule I, Part II to allow for the minimum length of Canada No. 1 and Canada No. 2 cucumbers to be 76 mm (3 inches), when the cucumbers are other than long seedless cucumbers or if under 76 mm (3 inches), conform to the size range marked on the container. Test Market ongoing
Nectarines 07 July 2010 The Test Market will amend Sections 57, 59, 60 and 61 of Schedule I, Part II of the Regulations to include nectarines and their sizing requirements in the peach grades and standards. This test market will be restricted to domestically grown nectarines shipped interprovincially and will consequently exempt imported nectarines from subsections 3.(1.1) and 3.(1.2) of Part I and subsections 5.(2) and paragraph 10.(1)(a) of Part II of the Regulations. Test Market ongoing
Onions 30 May 1997 Test Market will amend subparagraph 74.(c)(iv) of Schedule I, Part II of the Regulations and introduce a larger upper size range for "Small" size onions (1 ¼ inches to 2 inches). Container must be marked with or marked on a label attached to the container with the word "Small" in close proximity to the grade name.

This test market may be used to market cippoline variety onions (flat button shaped).

This Test Market has been accepted and will be incorporated into the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations. Meanwhile, the Test Market will continue until the regulatory amendment is promulgated. In March 2005, the industry recommended a permanent regulatory amendment to exempt cippoline onions from the provisions of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations.
Onions 27 May 1997 Test Market will allow for Canada No. 1 onions of the following sizes, ½ inch to 1 inch, ½ inch to 1 ½ inches, 1 ¼ inches to 2 inches, and 1 ¾ inches to 3 inches, to be packaged in 10 oz containers when the size is declared on the package. This Test Market has been accepted and will be incorporated into the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations. Meanwhile, the Test Market will continue until the regulatory amendment is promulgated.
Onions 11 March 2011 The Test Market will amend Schedule I, Part II, Paragraph 73. (b), "Grades and Standards for Onions", of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations to permit the marketing of mixed varieties of onions packaged in 1.36 kg (3 lb) or less containers. Test Market ongoing
Onions 20 April 2015 The Test Market will amend Paragraph 8.(c) of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations to allow onions to be packaged in reusable plastic shipping containers (RPCs) that are clean and in sanitary condition. Test Market ongoing
Peaches 11 September 1998 Test Market will amend the Regulations to remove the requirement to label containers with the minimum peach diameter and permits pre-stamped baskets with Canada No. 1 designation. This Test Market has been accepted and will be incorporated into the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations. Meanwhile, the Test Market will continue until the regulatory amendment is promulgated.
Peaches 07 June 2004 The Test Market will amend paragraph 5.(2)(a) of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations to allow maximum container capacity for peaches to be 200 kg net weight. This Test Market has been accepted and will be incorporated into the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations. Meanwhile, the Test Market will continue until the regulatory amendment is promulgated.
Pears 24 January 1994 Test Market will introduce a new hail standard in the Canada Fancy grade. (See end of document for specifics). This Test Market has been accepted and will be incorporated into the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations. Meanwhile, the Test Market will continue until the regulatory amendment is promulgated.
Pears 11 September 1998 Test Market provides an exemption to the requirement to label the pear variety on containers and permits pre-stamped baskets with Canada No. 1 designation. This Test Market has been accepted and will be incorporated into the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations. Meanwhile, the Test Market will continue until the regulatory amendment is promulgated.
Pears 07 June 2004 The Test Market will amend paragraph 5.(2)(a) of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations to allow maximum container capacity for pears to be 200 kg net weight. This Test Market has been accepted and will be incorporated into the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations. Meanwhile, the Test Market will continue until the regulatory amendment is promulgated.
Potatoes 06 December 1993 The Test Market will amend the letter size requirement for the declaration of "Yellow flesh potatoes" to be the same as per subsection 12.(2) of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations. The new letter size will allow the labelling of "Yellow Fleshed" to vary in relation to the size of the principle display surface, rather than have it a minimum of ½ inch in height. This Test Market has been accepted and will be incorporated into the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations. Meanwhile, the Test Market will continue until the regulatory amendment is promulgated.
Potatoes 13 March 1995 Test Market will introduce a 15 lb (6.8 kg) standard container into Column II of Item 5, Table I of Schedule II. (See amended Table at end of list). This Test Market has been accepted and will be incorporated into the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations. Meanwhile, the Test Market will continue until the regulatory amendment is promulgated.
Potatoes 03 April 1995 Test Market will introduce a New Size: Canada No. 1 Small (1 ½ inches to 2 ¼ inches), round type varieties packaged in containers of 3 lb, 5 lb, 50 lb, 75 lb and 100 lb in the case of prepackaged produce, 110 lb in the case of wholesale containers. This Test Market has been accepted and will be incorporated into the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations. Meanwhile, the Test Market will continue until the regulatory amendment is promulgated.
Potatoes 15 May 1996 Test Market will introduce a New size: Canada No. 1 Creamer, ¾ inch to 1 ⅝ inches. This Test Market has been accepted and will be incorporated into the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations. Meanwhile, the Test Market will continue until the regulatory amendment is promulgated.
Potatoes 30 May 1997 Test Market will introduce a New Size: Canada No. 1 Small (1 ½ inches to 2 inches), long type varieties packaged in containers of 3 lb , 5 lb , 50 lb, 75 lb and 100 lb in the case of prepackaged produce, 110 lb in the case of wholesale containers.

(Note: The Test Market issued on 11 October 2011 allows an additional option for the marketing of non-russet varieties of small long-type potatoes with a size range of 1 ½ inches to 2 ¼ inches, labelled with the words "Non-Russet" in close proximity to the size designation or to the words "Small Long").

This Test Market has been accepted and will be incorporated into the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations. Meanwhile, the Test Market will continue until the regulatory amendment is promulgated.
Potatoes 26 June 2000 Test Market will permit the packing of a mixed variety ( e.g., yellow, red, blue or purple) of Canada No. 1 Creamer potatoes in containers 3 lb or less. The Test Market has been accepted and will be incorporated into the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations. Meanwhile, the Test Market will continue until the regulatory amendment is promulgated.
Potatoes 21 August 2001 Test Market will amend subparagraph 89.(2)(g)(i) of Schedule I, Part II to amend the date for Canada No. 1, new round potatoes from September 16 to October 1. This Test Market has been accepted and will be incorporated into the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations. Meanwhile, the Test Market will continue until the regulatory amendment is promulgated.
Potatoes 29 September 2003 Test Market will amend subsection 6.1(2) and Column II of Item 5, Table I of Schedule II of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations to allow the test marketing of potatoes in containers with a net weight of 1.36 kg (3 lb) and less. This Test Market has been accepted and will be incorporated into the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations. Meanwhile, the Test Market will continue until the regulatory amendment is promulgated.
Potatoes 22 September 2008 This test market allows for the marketing of Canada No. 1 Creamer (¾ inch to 1 ⅝ inches) potatoes of mixed variety/type in standard containers of 1.36 kg (3 lbs) or less or 2.27 kg (5 lb) within Canada.

It also allows for Canada No. 1 Small (1 ½ inches to 2 ¼ inches) potatoes of mixed variety/type in standard containers of 1.36 kg (3 lb) or less or 2.27 kg (5 lb) within Canada.

This test market provides a labelling exemption to allow for the declaration "may contain yellow fleshed potatoes" on the above potato sizes of mixed variety/ type potatoes in standard containers of 5 lb or 3 lb and less.

(This Test Market is superseded by the July 20, 2009 Test Market which allows for the voluntary declaration of "may contain yellow fleshed potatoes", as opposed to a mandatory declaration).

Test Market ongoing
Potatoes 01 December 2008 This test market will amend the potato grade standard contained in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations. Those changes pertain to the tolerances established for knobs removed, sprouts, greening, sunburn, grass root and wireworm holes and hollow heart. Size tolerances would be harmonized with those of the United States and the general tolerances would be based on internal and external defects. In addition, the maximum weight for "Chef" and "Large" size potatoes would reflect those established for diameter. (See end of document for specifics) Test Market ongoing
Potatoes 20 July 2009 Test Market will amend subsection 10. (6.1) of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations to allow the voluntary declaration of yellow fleshed potatoes, as opposed to the present mandatory declaration. Subsection 10. (6.1) will read: (changes in bold)
10. (6.1) Every label applied to a container of potatoes of a yellow fleshed variety may show, on the principal display surface of the container and in bold face type in letters of a size prescribed in section 12 Table Note 1, the words

(a) "yellow fleshed", where the common name of the produce is shown elsewhere on the container; or

(b) "yellow fleshed potatoes", where the common name of the produce is not shown elsewhere on the container.

This Test Market supersedes the requirement of the September 22, 2008 Test Market to declare "may contain yellow fleshed potatoes" in Canada No. 1 Creamer and Canada No. 1 Small potatoes of mixed variety/type in standard containers of 5 lb, or 3 lb and less.

Test Market ongoing
Potatoes 11 October 2011 Test Market will amend clause 89(2)(f)(ii)(A) of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations to permit the marketing of non-russet varieties of small long-type potatoes with size range of 1 ½ inches to 2 ¼ inches, provided these are labelled with the words "Non-Russet" in close proximity to the size designation or to the words "Small Long". (This Test Market is in addition to the requirement of the 30 May 1997 Test Market and permits an additional option for the marketing of small long potatoes of non-russet varieties). Test Market ongoing
Potatoes 01 June 2014 Test Market will amend Table III of Schedule II of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations to introduce a container of a 3-litre volume capacity for potatoes only. (See amended table at end of list). Test Market ongoing
Potatoes 20 April 2015 The Test Market will amend Paragraph 8.(c) of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations to allow potatoes to be packaged in reusable plastic shipping containers (RPCs) that are clean and in sanitary condition. Test Market ongoing
Color Enhancement 29 November 1996 The Test Market will permit the usage of color enhancement and bands on prepackaged produce. This Test Market has been accepted and will be incorporated into the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations. Meanwhile, the Test Market will continue until the regulatory amendment is promulgated.
Condition defects applied against the grade at destination for commodities specified in paragraph 3.(2)(a) 25 July 2003 The Test Market will exempt the following commodities: apples, beets, cabbage, carrots, onions, parsnips, pears, potatoes and rutabagas (irrespective of the General Tolerances at a Time other than at the Time of Shipping or Repacking contained in their respective grades and standards of Schedule I, Part I and II of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations) from Section 3.(2)(a) of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations. In other words, condition defects will no longer apply against the grade at destination for any commodity. This means no detention action is necessary at destination for excessive condition defects for any commodity. This Test Market has been accepted and will be incorporated into the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations. Meanwhile, the Test Market will continue until the regulatory amendment is promulgated
Establishment Registration Number 03 August 2009 Test Market will amend subsection 12. (2), introduce subsection 12. (7) and amend section 63, including paragraphs (a) and (b) of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations to allow for the option of affixing the establishment registration number to every pallet of produce in a lot, as an alternative to the mandatory use of the establishment registration number on every container of prepackaged produce conveyed interprovincially from a registered establishment.

Due to implementation on 27 April 2012 of a new Test Market for type size of letters and numerals on labels applied to Reusable Plastic Containers and in order to facilitate a better flow and comprehension of the proposed Regulations, subsection 12. (7) has been moved to a new subsection 12. (8) (See "Labelling Requirements" section at the end of the document for specifics).

Test Market ongoing
Fresh fruit and vegetables marketed in combination with other fresh fruit and vegetables 01 June 2009 The Test Market will amend paragraphs 2.1(2)(g) and (h) of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations to allow the marketing of fresh fruit and vegetables in combination with other fresh fruit and vegetables. See end of document for changes to paragraphs 2.1(2)(g) and (h). Test Market ongoing
Graded Vegetables with standard container sizes packaged in containers of 1.36 kg (3 lb) or less 29 October 2010 The Test Market will amend Part II, Subsection 6.1 (2) of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations to allow all graded vegetables with standard container sizes to be packaged in any suitable container in which the net quantity of the produce is 1.36 kg (3 lb) or less. This Test Market supersedes the Test Market issued September 29, 2003, allowing potatoes to be marketed in any suitable container of 1.36 kg (3 lb) or less and the Test Market issued June 1, 2010, allowing beets to be marketed in containers of 1.36 kg (3 lb) or less. Additionally, Schedule II of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations will be amended to exclude all container sizes of less than 1.36 kg (3 lb) to correspond with the above test market. Test Market ongoing
Labelling 29 November 1996 The Test Market will amend subparagraph 4.(b)(i) to read:

4. Subject to sections 6 and 6.1, this Part does not apply in respect of produce that is

(b) displayed in bulk in a retail store

(i) unlabelled, except for bar codes, number codes, environmental statements and product treatment symbols, sold in one unit, and packaged in an otherwise clear, transparent, protective wrapping.

This Test Market has been accepted and will be incorporated into the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations. Meanwhile, the Test Market will continue until the regulatory amendment is promulgated.
Labelling – Type size of letters and numerals on labels applied to Reusable Plastic Containers (RPC) 27 April 2012 The Test Market will allow for all required labelling including the declaration of net quantity, grade name, registration number and country origin to be shown in letters and numerals of not less than 1/16 of an inch (1.6 mm) on RPC shipping containers.

Based on the Test Market, subsections 12.(2), 12.(7) and 12.(8) of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Regulations will be amended (see "Labelling Requirements" section at the end of the document for specifics).

Test Market ongoing

Table Note

Table Note 1

Test Market to allow for letter size to vary in relation to size of principal display surface issued in December 1993.

Return to table note 1 referrer

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