Labelling Requirements for Processed Products
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Each hermetically sealed container of fruit and vegetable products, for which a grade is established in the regulation, must be identified with a code. This code can be embossed or marked with indelible ink on the container and must permit the identification of the following: [31(aa), PPR]

  • The establishment where the product was thermally processed;
  • The date of manufacture (day, month and year or day and year depending on the type of code used).

Each hermetically sealed container of low-acid food must be identified with a code. This code can be embossed or marked with indelible ink on the container and must permit identification of the following:

  • The establishment where the product was thermally processed;
  • The food product;
  • The date of manufacture (day, month and year or day and year depending on the type of code used); [30.3(d), PPR]

A low-acid food product is a product whose components has a pH greater than 4.6 and a water activity (AW) greater than 0.85, after thermal processing [2(1) PPR; B.27.001].

Notwithstanding these regulatory requirements, it should be noted that in order to ensure an effective recall procedure, it is strongly recommended that a code be identified on all products and shipping containers.

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