Annex E - Verification of Label Compliance for Imported Meat Products

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1. Introduction and Legal Basis

This annex of Chapter 10 of the Meat Hygiene Manual of Procedures (MOP) provides Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) inspectors with guidelines on the requirements and inspection procedures to evaluate the labelling compliance of imported meat products.

Paragraph 9.(1)(d), Meat Inspection Act stipulates that no person shall import a meat product into Canada unless it is packaged and labelled in the manner prescribed.

Section 123 of the Meat Inspection Regulations, 1990 (MIR) prescribes the standards and labelling requirements for a meat product imported into Canada. These are the standards and labelling requirements to which a meat product would have to conform if it were produced in a registered establishment in Canada, except that;

  1. with respect to edible meat product, no code shall be used to replace the establishment registration number, permanently marked on a hermetically sealed container in which the meat product is packaged;
  2. instead of the Canadian inspection legend, the inspection mark of the government of the country of origin shall be used; and
  3. the words "Product of" and "Produit de" followed by the name of the country of origin shall be marked in conspicuous manner in close proximity to the identity of the meat product.

Sections 89 to 120 and paragraph 60(d) of the MIR prescribe requirements for packaging and labelling of meat products in registered establishments. These regulated requirements are further interpreted in Chapter 7 of the MOP.

Other Canadian legislation that deals with labelling of meat products are:

The Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act and Regulations.
The Food and Drugs Act and Regulations.
The Canada Agricultural Products Act and Regulations.

2. Registration of Labels and Recipes of Imported Meat Products

Pre-market registration of labels and recipes for certain meat and processed products no longer required

Regulations Amending the Meat Inspection Regulations, 1990

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