Labelling Requirements for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Nutrition Labelling - Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
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Fresh fruit and vegetables without any added ingredients, including some food additives, are exempt from displaying a Nutrition Facts table. This exemption includes oranges with added food colour, and fruit and vegetables coated with paraffin wax or petrolatum [B.01.401(2)(b)(ii), FDR]. This category also includes fresh herbs, sprouts and fruits and vegetables that are minimally processed (e.g., washed and, peeled, cut-up, shredded, etc.), including mixtures of fruits and vegetables such as bagged mixed salad and coleslaw (without dressing, croutons, bacon bits, etc.).
The exemption is lost if the label or advertisement contains one or more of the following:
- a nutritional reference or nutrient content claim (e.g., "Good source of Vitamin C");
- a nutrient function claim (e.g., "Vitamin A aids in the development and maintenance of night vision");
- a health claim (e.g., "A healthy diet rich in a variety of vegetables and fruit may help reduce the risk of some types of cancer.");
- a health-related name, statement, logo, symbol, seal of approval or other proprietary mark of a third party (e.g., heart-shaped symbol); or
- the phrase "nutrition facts", "valeur nutritive" or "valeurs nutritives". [B.01.401(3), FDR]
Voluntary display of the nutrition information is permitted, provided the content and format meet the requirements in the FDR. Only the Canadian Nutrition Facts table may be used to provide nutrition information in Canada. Nutrition labelling systems from other countries are not acceptable.
Prepackaged products that are intended solely for use as ingredients in the manufacture of other prepackaged products intended for sale to a consumer at the retail level or as ingredients in the preparation of food by a commercial or industrial enterprise or institution are not required to display a Nutrition Facts table, however they must be accompanied by written nutrition information when delivered to the purchaser [B.01.404, B.01.405, FDR].
For more information, refer to Nutrition Labelling.
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