Labelling Requirements for Dairy Products
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Dairy products are foods produced from the milk of mammals and include those covered by a food standard in the Dairy Products Regulations (DPR) or the Food and Drug Regulations (FDR). Examples of dairy products include milk, butter, ice cream and cheese.

The labelling requirements of the Dairy Products Regulations that are summarized in this document apply to dairy products produced in federally registered establishments, as well as to imported dairy products. When sold in Canada, these dairy products are also subject to the labelling requirements under the Food and Drugs Act (FDA) and the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act (CPLA).

Other dairy products such as those destined for intraprovincial trade are subject to the labelling requirements under the Food and Drugs Act and the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act. These are summarized in the core labelling, claims and statements, and food-specific labelling requirements pages of the Industry Labelling Tool. Provincial regulations may also apply to products sold within that province.

The labelling requirements detailed in the following sections are specific to dairy products. They are in addition to the core labelling and voluntary claims and statements requirements that apply to all prepackaged foods.

Note that under the Dairy Products Regulations, prepackaged dairy product refers to dairy products that are packaged for sale to consumers, whereas dairy products packed in bulk are packaged but not sold directly to consumers.

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