Labelling Requirements for Fish and Fish Products
Label Example

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Label for Fish Products

Label for Fish Products. Description follows.
Description for Label for Fish Products

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 - 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.

C – 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. Storage instructions must be declared in both French and English on any panel except the bottom of the container. Additional information indicating that the product is raw and must be properly cooked prior to use are required on the label when fish products may be perceived as ready-to-eat by some consumers.

D – Country of Origin

The country of origin provides information about the originating country of the product. The country of origin of imported fish or fish products must be clearly identified on the label, preceded by the words "Product of / Produit de". The country of origin declaration may be displayed on any surface except the bottom of the package, in either English or French. Domestic products may declare "Product of Canada" by meeting specific guidelines outlined in the Product of Canada Policy.

E – Composition Claim

The composition claim is a voluntary claim used by companies to highlight or emphasize an ingredient or flavour in a food product. When made, composition claims must be in both English and French.

F - Net Quantity

The net quantity is the amount of food in the package. It must be present on the principal display panel in a minimum type height. Specific requirements for declaration of net quantity may exist for specific fish products.

G – Canada Inspected Logo

Fish products processed under an acceptable Quality Management Program in federally registered establishments can bear the Canada Inspected logo. These products must have undergone substantial transformation in Canada.

H – 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 Fish Inspection Regulations, or if not otherwise prescribed by the name in which the food is generally known. It must be present on the principal display panel in both English and French. The CFIA Fish List serves as a collection of French and English common names recognized by legislation and/or by which the fish is generally known. Descriptive terms may be required on certain fish products.

I – 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.

J – 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.

K - 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.

L - 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.

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