Labelling Requirements for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Common Name - Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

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Every container of fresh produce must be labelled with a common name (definition). Since fresh fruits and vegetables do not have prescribed names in any Regulations, the name by which the food is generally known is acceptable as a common name [B.01.001, B.01.006, FDR].

Fresh fruit and vegetables are exempt from declaring a common name if:

  • the prepackaged produce is visible and identifiable in the package [B.01.006(2), FDR; 32(1), 32(2), CPLR],
  • the produce in the prepackaged container or the common name on the prepackaged produce container inside the master container is easily and clearly discernible without opening the outer container [23, FFVR],
  • the shipping container is an open container or is transparent [10(2.1), FFVR].

The common name must be shown on the principal display panel [10(8), FFVR; 12(b), CPLR; B.01.006(1), FDR] in letters at least 1.6 mm in height based on the lower-case letter "o" [12(3), FFVR; 14,15, CPLR]. For more information, refer to Common Name.

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