Labelling Requirements for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
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Table 1 – Summary of Labelling Requirements for Prepackaged Containers

Fresh Fruit and Vegetables - Prepackaged Containers - Domestic, Import
Requirements Height of Letters Location Language References
Common Name - mandatory (not required if produce is visible and identifiable)
The name by which the food is generally known
minimum 1.6 mm on the principal display panel English and French Common Name - Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Section
B.01.006, FDR
10(b)(ii), CPLA
12(b), CPLR
Net Quantity - mandatory
Declared by weight, volume or numerical count in metric, or metric and Canadian units
in proportion to the principal display surface on the principal display panel English and French Net Quantity - Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Section
4(1), CPLA
14-20, FFVR
12(a), CPLR
Identity and Principal Place of Business– mandatory
Identity and principal place of business of the person Table Note 2 by or for whom the product was manufactured or produced for resale
minimum 1.6 mm any surface except the bottom English or French Identity and Principal Place of Business - Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Section
B.01.007(1.1)(a), FDR
10(b)(i), CPLA
13, CPLR
List of Ingredients – if multi-ingredient product, ingredients must be shown in descending order of their proportion. Single ingredient products are exempt. Refer to List of Ingredients any surface except the bottom English and French List of Ingredients - Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Section
B.01.008, B.01.008.1, B.01.008.2, B.01.010, FDR
Nutrition Facts table - Exempt. Voluntary display permitted, provided it meets FDR requirements. in proportion to the available display surface any surface including the bottom if it is considered part of the ADS English and French Nutrition Labelling - Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Section
B.01.401(2)(c)(i), FDR
Grade - mandatory on produce for which a grade is established in the FFVR
The grade name as established in the Regulations
in proportion to the principal display surface on the principal display panel English and French Grade Designation for Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Section
10(1)(a), FFVR
Size of Produce - mandatory if required in the FFVR
Must be shown immediately adjacent to the grade name, in metric units, Canadian units, metric and Canadian units, or in any of the word descriptions set out in Part II of Schedule I of the FFVR
Same size as the grade name on the principal display panel English and French Size of Produce Section
25, FFVR
Country of Origin - mandatory on imported produce, optional on domestic produce
The country where the produce was grown
in proportion to the principal display surface on the principal display panel English and French Country of Origin - Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Section
10(11), FFVR
Registration Number - mandatory (for RPWs only) unless displayed on the master container, shipping container, or on the palletized unit of produce
The number must be the number of the establishment where the produce was packed.
in proportion to the principal display surface or minimum 19.0 mm on palletized units of produce any surface except the bottom N/A Registration Number Section
63, FFVR
Test Market List
Variety - mandatory on apples minimum 1.6 mm any surface except the bottom or may be displayed on a tag attached to the bag English and French Specific Requirements for Apples and Potatoes Section
10(3), FFVR
Test Market List
"Yellow Fleshed" - optional on yellow fleshed potatoes in proportion to the principal display surface on the principal display panel English and French Specific Requirements for Apples and Potatoes Section
10(6.1), FFVR
Test Market List
Organic Labelling - mandatory (if applicable) minimum 1.6 mm any surface except the bottom English and French Organic Products Section
Part III, OPR
Irradiation Symbol/Statement - mandatory (if applicable)
Must carry the irradiation symbol as well as one of the irradiation statements
minimum 1.6 mm (letters)
Outer diameter height of numbers in net quantity (symbol)
on the principal display panel English and French Irradiated Foods - Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Section
B.01.035 FDR

Table Notes

Table Note 2

The term "person" includes individuals, corporations, etc.

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Table 2 – Summary of Labelling Requirements for Master Containers

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables - Master Containers - Domestic, Import
Requirements Height of Letters Location Language References
Common Name - mandatory Table Note 3
The name by which the food is generally known
minimum 1.6 mm on the principal display panel English or French Common Name - Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Section
23(a), FFVR
B.01.006, FDR
Net Quantity - optional provided that inner containers are labelled with a net quantity
Declared by weight, volume or numerical count in metric, Canadian, or metric and Canadian units
in proportion to the principal display surface any surface except the bottom English or French Net Quantity - Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Section
23, FFVR
Identity and Principal Place of Business - mandatory Table Note 3
Identity and principal place of business of the person by or for whom the product was manufactured or produced for resale
minimum 1.6 mm any surface except the bottom English or French Identity and Principal Place of Business - Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Section
23(c), FFVR
List of Ingredients – if multi-ingredient product, ingredients must be shown in descending order of their proportion. Single ingredient products are exempt. Refer to List of Ingredients any surface except the bottom English or French List of Ingredients - Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Section
B.01.008, B.01.008.1, B.01.008.2, B.01.010, FDR
Nutrition Facts table - Exempt. Voluntary display permitted, provided it meets FDR requirements. in proportion to the available display surface any surface including the bottom if it is considered part of the ADS English or French Nutrition Labelling - Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Section
B.01.401(2)(c)(i), FDR
Grade - mandatory Table Note 3 on domestic produce for which a grade is established in the FFVR or on imported produce that is packed or repacked in Canada
The grade name as established in the Regulations
in proportion to the principal display surface any surface except the bottom English or French Grade Designation for Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Section
23(b), FFVR
Size of Produce - mandatory if required in the FFVR
Must be shown immediately adjacent to the grade name, in metric units, Canadian units, metric and Canadian units, or in any of the word descriptions set out in Part II of Schedule I of the FFVR
Same size as the grade name on the principal display panel English or French Size of Produce Section
25, FFVR
Country of Origin - mandatory Table Note 3 on imported produce, optional on domestic produce
The country where the produce was grown
in proportion to the principal display surface on the principal display panel English or French Country of Origin - Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Section
23(d), FFVR
Registration Number - mandatory (for RPWs only) unless displayed on the prepackaged containers within, the shipping container or on the palletized unit of produce
The number must be the number of the establishment where the produce was packed.
in proportion to the principal display surface any surface except the bottom N/A Registration Number Section
63(b), FFVR
Test Market List
Variety - mandatory on apples minimum 1.6 mm any surface except the bottom English or French Specific Requirements for Apples and Potatoes Section
10(3), FFVR
Test Market List
"Yellow Fleshed" - optional on yellow fleshed potatoes in proportion to the principal display surface on the principal display panel English or French Specific Requirements for Apples and Potatoes Section
10(6.1), FFVR
Test Market List
Organic Labelling - mandatory (if applicable) minimum 1.6 mm any surface except the bottom English or French Organic Products Section
Part III, OPR
Irradiation Statement - mandatory (if applicable)
Must carry the statement "Do not irradiate again"
minimum 1.6 mm on the principal display panel English or French Irradiated Foods - Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Section
B.01.035 FDR

Table Notes

Table note 3

Where the produce or any of the information, including the common name, grade, identity and principal place of business, or the country of origin, is easily and clearly discernible in or on the inner container without opening the outer container, the same information need not be shown on the outer container.

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Table 3 – Summary of Labelling Requirements for Shipping Containers

Fresh Fruit and Vegetables - Shipping Containers - Domestic, Import
Requirements Height of Letters Location Language References
Common Name - mandatory (not required if container is open or transparent)
The name by which the food is generally known
minimum 1.6 mm on the principal display panel English or French Common Name - Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Section
10(2)(a) and 10(2. 1), FFVR
Net Quantity - mandatory
Declared by weight, volume or numerical count in metric, or metric Canadian, and Canadian units
in proportion to the principal display surface any surface except the bottom English or French Net Quantity - Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Section
10(2)(c) and 14 - 19, FFVR
Identity and Principal Place of Business– mandatory
Identity and principal place of business of the person Table Note 4 by or for whom the product was manufactured or produced for resale
minimum 1.6 mm any surface except the bottom English or French Identity and Principal Place of Business - Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Section]
10(2)(d), FFVR
List of Ingredients – if multi-ingredient product, ingredients must be shown in descending order of their proportion. Single ingredient products are exempt. Refer to List of Ingredients any surface except the bottom English or French List of Ingredients - Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Section
B.01.008, B.01.008.1, B.01.008.2, B.01.010, FDR
Nutrition Facts table - Exempt. Voluntary display permitted, provided it meets FDR requirements. in proportion to the available display surface any surface including the bottom if it is considered part of the ADS English or French Nutrition Labelling - Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Section
B.01.401(2)(c)(i), FDR
Grade - mandatory on domestic produce for which a grade is established in the FFVR or on imported produce that is packed or repacked in Canada.
The grade name as established in the Regulations
in proportion to the principal display surface any surface except the bottom English or French Grade Designation for Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Section
3 and 10(2)(b), FFVR
Size of Produce - mandatory if required in the FFVR
Must be shown immediately adjacent to the grade name, in metric units, Canadian units, metric and Canadian units, or in any of the word descriptions set out in Part II of Schedule I of the FFVR
Same size as the grade name on the principal display panel English or French Size of Produce Section
25, FFVR
Country of Origin - mandatory on imported produce, optional on domestic produce
The country where the produce was grown
in proportion to the principal display surface on the principal display panel English or French Country of Origin - Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Section
10(11), FFVR
Registration Number - mandatory (for RPWs only) unless displayed on the master container, shipping container, or on the palletized unit of produce.
The number must be the number of the establishment where the produce was packed.
in proportion to the principal display surface any surface except the bottom N/A Registration Number Section
63(b), FFVR
Test Market List
Variety - mandatory on apples minimum 1.6 mm any surface except the bottom English or French Specific Requirements for Apples and Potatoes Section
10(3), FFVR
Test Market List
"Yellow Fleshed" - optional on yellow fleshed potatoes in proportion to the principal display surface on the principal display panel English or French Specific Requirements for Apples and Potatoes Section
10(6.1), FFVR
Test Market List
Organic Labelling - mandatory (if applicable) minimum 1.6 mm any surface except the bottom English or French Organic Products Section
Part III, OPR
Irradiation Symbol/Statement - mandatory (if applicable)
Must carry one of the irradiation statements and the statement "Do not irradiate again".
minimum 1.6 mm on the principal display panel English or French Irradiated Foods - Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Section
B.01.035 FDR

Table Notes

Table Note 4

The term "person" includes individuals, corporations, etc.

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