Labelling Requirements for Dairy Products
Label Example

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Label for Milk

Label for Milk - description follows
Description for Label for Milk

A - Brand Name

A brand name is not required but frequently used by a manufacturer to identify its products distinctively from others of the same type. Brand names are subject to all labelling requirements, including compliance with provisions regarding claims.

B - % Milk Fat

The % milk fat is the percentage of fat from milk in the food. It shall be shown on the principal display panel. It must be present in both English and French. Translation can be found in FDR.

C - Nutrient Content Claim

A nutrient content claim is a voluntary statement or an expression which describes, directly or indirectly, the level of a nutrient or energy in a food or a group of foods. Only those listed in the Food and Drug Regulations are permitted on food labels when the foods meet the stated criteria. When made, nutrient content claims must be in both English and French and the amount of the nutrient must be declared in the Nutrition Facts table.

D - Net Quantity

The net quantity is the amount of food in the package. It must be present in metric units on the principal display panel in a minimum type height.

E - Storage Instructions

The storage instructions are required on products with a durable life of 90 days or less that have storage conditions that differ from normal room temperature. It must be declared in both French and English on any panel except the bottom of the container.

F - Common Name

The common name is the name of the food printed in boldface type in the Food and Drug Regulations, the name prescribed by the Dairy Products Regulations or by any other regulation, or the name by which the food is generally known. It must be present on the principal display panel in both English and French.

G - Nutrition Facts Table

The Nutrition Facts table (NFT) provides information about the nutrient content of a food (including energy (Calories) and 13 core nutrients) in a standardized format, allowing for comparison among foods at the point of purchase. The NFT must be displayed on the package in both English and French.

H - Contains Statement

Food allergens, gluten sources and sulphites are required to be labelled in the list of ingredients or in a "Contains" statement. An allergen, gluten or sulphite source must be written using the prescribed source name at least once in the list of ingredients or in a "Contains" statement. For example, if casein is present in a prepackaged product, it would be identified by the word "milk" in the ingredient list or Contains statement. A "Contains" statement if used must be complete for all allergens present in the product and appear on the label following the list of ingredients in both English and French.

I - List of Ingredients

The list of ingredients must be listed in descending order of proportion by weight, as determined before the ingredients are combined to make the food. The list of ingredients is required on most prepackaged foods. The ingredient list may be shown anywhere on the package, except the bottom and must be shown in both English and French.

J – Identity and Principal Place of Business

The identity and principal place of business identifies the responsible party and provides the location where a company can be contacted. It must be declared on any part of the food container except the bottom, in either French or English.

K - Batch Number, Code Number or Lot Number

The batch number, code number or lot number identifies a specific lot of production for that product. This may be on any surface of the container. There is no prescribed format for the lot code but often it is either a date, time or other identifying number.

L - Registration Number

The registration number is the number assigned to a registered establishment by the CFIA. The registration number of the establishment where the product was prepared must appear on any surface of the label for domestic dairy products where the identity and principal place of business shown on the label are not that of the actual establishment where the prepackaged dairy product was prepared. It must also appear on the principal display surface of all standardized dairy products packed in bulk.

M - Date Marking

The date marking (also known as "best before") is the anticipated amount of time that an unopened food product, when stored under appropriate conditions, will retain quality characteristics such as freshness, taste or appearance. A "best before" date must appear on pre-packaged foods with a durable life of 90 days or less, and must be present in both English and French.

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