Labelling Requirements for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Exemptions

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In some cases, produce may be exempt from some of the requirements of the FFVR. However, requirements for Health and Safety as listed in Part I.1 of the FFVR are never exempted. In addition, where applicable, requirements of the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act and Regulations, and the Food and Drugs Act and Regulations still apply.

Exemptions from the FFVR

The following are some of the items exempted from the FFVR as specified in 2.1(2) of the Regulations.

Produce with no Grade Declared

Strawberries, blueberries for processing, cantaloupe, crabapples, cranberries, and field rhubarb, are exempt from the FFVR unless a grade is declared [2.1(2), FFVR, Test Market List].

Gift Pack/Combo Pack

Fruit or vegetables which are marketed in combination with other kinds of fruit or vegetables and with other food products are exempt from the additional requirements for packaging, labelling and grade declaration as prescribed in the FFVR. The container must be clearly labelled with the term "Gift Pack" or "Combo Pack"; no one kind of fruit or vegetable in the combination can exceed 1 kg net weight; and, the net weight of the contents of the container cannot exceed 10 kg [2.1(2)(g), FFVR; Test Market List].

"Gift Packs" and "Combo Packs" are still subject to the CPLR and the FDR and are required by these Regulations to be labelled with:

  • List of ingredients, any part of the label except the bottom [B.01.008 (b), FDR];
  • Identity and principal place of business of Responsible Party, any part of the label except the bottom [13, CPLR];
  • Net quantity, principal display panel [12(a), CPLR].

Stew-Pack/Vegetables for Stew/Fresh Pack

Fruit or vegetables marketed in combination with other kinds of fruit or vegetables, are exempt from the additional requirements for packaging, labelling and grade declaration as prescribed in the FFVR. The container must be either clearly labelled with the designation "Stew-pack" or "Vegetables for Stew", when only vegetables are combined, or with the designation "Fresh pack" when only fruit or vegetables, or fruit and vegetables are combined; no one kind of fruit or vegetable in the combination can exceed 1 kg net weight; and, the net weight of the contents of the container cannot exceed 10 kg [2.1(2)(h), FFVR, Test Market List].

"Stew-Packs", "Vegetables for Stew" and "Fresh Packs" are still subject to the CPLR and the FDR and are required by these Regulations to be labelled with:

  • List of ingredients, any part of the label except the bottom [B.01.008 (b), FDR];
  • Identity and principal place of business of Responsible Party, any part of the label except the bottom [13, CPLR];
  • Net quantity, principal display panel [12(a), CPLR].

Exemptions from the FFVR Labelling Requirements

The packaging and labelling requirements of the FFVR do not apply in respect of produce that is:

  • prepackaged in a wrapper or confining band of less than 13 mm (½ inch) in width; or
  • displayed in bulk in a retail store
    • 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, or
    • without any packaging [4, FFVR, Test Market List].

Other Exemptions

Foods packaged from bulk

The type size requirements set out in subsections 12(2) and 12(3) of the FFVR do not apply to a prepackaged product that is packaged from bulk on a retail premises or to a prepackaged catch-weight product that is sold by a retailer. (for example, bulk whole green beans prepackaged in cello tray packs in-store [12(5), FFVR]).

Packaged in the Field

Prepackaged products consisting of raspberries or strawberries that are packaged in the field in containers having a capacity of 1.14 litres or less are exempt from declaring a net quantity [4(5), CPLR].

Ministerial Exemptions

In order to alleviate a shortage in the domestic supply of a fresh fruit or vegetable, the Minister or a delegate of the Minister, may exempt fresh fruit or vegetables marketed in import or interprovincial trade, from any of the requirements of the CAPA and the FFVR.

The labelling, packaging and quality requirements may be waived, when a Ministerial Exemption is requested for processing purposes. Only the labelling and packaging requirements may be waived, when a Ministerial Exemption is requested for repacking purposes.

For more information, refer to the Guidelines for Requesting and Administering Ministerial Exemptions for Fresh Fruit and Vegetables.

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