Labelling Requirements for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Net Quantity - Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

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Every container of prepackaged produce and every shipping container must be labelled with the net quantity [4(1), CPLA; 10(1)(c),10(2)(c), FFVR]. Master containers are exempt from net quantity declaration provided that a net quantity is displayed on the prepackaged containers within [10(2)(c), 23, FFVR].

The net quantity of prepackaged produce must be declared by weight, volume or numerical count, in metric units or in both metric and Canadian units. If both metric and Canadian units are used, they must be grouped together and the metric units should appear first [17, 22(5), CPLR]. Where produce is not prepackaged, the net quantity may be declared in metric units, Canadian units, or in both metric and Canadian units [14(1), FFVR].

The bilingual symbols for Canadian units, such as "lb" for pounds or "oz" for ounces must be shown in lower case letters and may not be shown in the plural, nor may they contain brackets or periods.

It is not necessary to use phrases such as "net", "net weight", "net contents" or "net quantity" as part of the net quantity declaration. When such terms are used, however, they should appear in both French and English.

The net quantity must be shown on the principal display panel of a prepackaged container, but may be shown on any part of the label applied to a shipping container except that part of the label, if any, applied to the bottom [4(2), CPLA; 12 CPLR; 10(7), FFVR].

The letters and numerical quantities in the declaration of net quantity must be shown in bold face type in letters and numerals of not less than the following height [12(2), FFVR]:

  • 1/16 inch (1.6 millimetres), where the principal display surface of the container is not more than five square inches (32 square centimetres);
  • ⅛ inch (3.2 millimetres), where the principal display surface of the container is more than five square inches (32 square centimetres) but not more than 40 square inches (258 square centimetres);
  • ¼ inch (6.4 millimetres), where the principal display surface of the container is more than 40 square inches (258 square centimetres) but not more than 100 square inches (645 square centimetres);
  • ⅜ inch (9.5 millimetres), where the principal display surface of the container is more than 100 square inches (645 square centimetres) but not more than 400 square inches (25.8 square decimetres); and
  • ½ inch (12.7 millimetres), where the principal display surface of the container is more than 400 square inches (25.8 square decimetres).

For more information regarding the net quantity declaration, such as rounding and metric symbols, refer to Net Quantity.

Standard Containers

Produce marketed as prepackaged products, namely beets, carrots, onions, parsnips, potatoes and rutabagas shall be packaged in the prescribed containers as outlined in Schedule II of the FFVR and in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Test Market List [6.1(1), FFVR; Test Market List].

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