Labelling Requirements for Infant Foods, Infant Formula and Human Milk
Human Milk

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Human milk is considered to be an unstandardized food, subject to the same safety, compositional and labelling requirements as other unstandardized foods. If sold or distributed in prepackaged form, human milk is subject to the same labelling requirements as for all prepackaged foods. This includes nutrition labelling, net quantity, common name, identity and principal place of business of the responsible party, storage instructions and durable life date (if applicable).

Common Name for Human Milk

The terms "Human Milk / Lait maternel" are acceptable common names for the product in each official language. "Donor Human Milk / Lait maternel de donneuse" may also be used to further clarify its description in the common name.

Nutrition Labelling for Human Milk

Nutrition labelling information for human milk must be provided in accordance with the requirements related to foods for children under two years of age set out in section B.01.403 of the Food and Drug Regulations (FDR). Note that the information must be provided for all 13 core nutrients and declared per serving size. As described in section B.01.405 of the FDR, for prepackaged multi-serving human milk intended solely to be portioned and served by an institution (such as a milk bank), there is flexibility to provide this information on an accompanying document.

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