Food and Drug Regulations (C.R.C., c. 870)

Regulations are current to 2014-09-15 and last amended on 2014-08-21. Previous Versions

Liqueurs and Spirituous Cordials

 [S]. Liqueur or Spirituous Cordial

  • (a) shall be a product obtained by the mixing or distillation of alcohol from food sources with or over fruits, flowers, leaves or other botanical substances or their juices or with extracts derived by the infusion, percolation or maceration of those botanical substances;

  • (b) shall have added, during the course of manufacture, a sweetening agent in an amount that is not less than 2.5 per cent of the finished product;

  • (c) shall contain not less than 23 per cent absolute alcohol by volume; and

  • (d) may contain

    • (i) natural and artificial flavouring preparations, and

    • (ii) colour.

  • SOR/93-145, s. 16.

Vodka

 [S]. Vodka shall be a potable alcoholic beverage obtained by the treatment of grain spirit or potato spirit with charcoal so as to render the product without distinctive character, aroma or taste.

  • SOR/93-145, s. 16.

Tequila

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), no person shall label, package, sell or advertise any food as Tequila, or in such a manner that it is likely to be mistaken for Tequila unless it is Tequila manufactured in Mexico as Tequila in accordance with the laws of Mexico applicable in respect of Tequila for consumption in Mexico.

  • (2) A person may modify Tequila that is imported for the purpose of bottling and sale in Canada as Tequila by the addition of distilled or otherwise purified water to adjust the Tequila to a required strength.

  • SOR/93-603, s. 5.

Mezcal

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), no person shall label, package, sell or advertise any food as Mezcal, or in such a manner that it is likely to be mistaken for Mezcal unless it is Mezcal manufactured in Mexico as Mezcal in accordance with the laws of Mexico applicable in respect of Mezcal for consumption in Mexico.

  • (2) A person may modify Mezcal that is imported for the purpose of bottling and sale in Canada as Mezcal by the addition of distilled or otherwise purified water to adjust the Mezcal to a required strength.

  • SOR/93-603, s. 6.

Wine

 [S]. Wine

  • (a) shall be an alcoholic beverage that is produced by the complete or partial alcoholic fermentation of fresh grapes, grape must, products derived solely from fresh grapes, or any combination of them;

  • (b) may have added to it during the course of the manufacture

    • (i) yeast,

    • (ii) concentrated grape juice,

    • (iii) dextrose, fructose, glucose or glucose solids, invert sugar, sugar, or aqueous solutions of any of them, (iv) yeast foods, in accordance with Table XIV to section B.16.100,

    • (iv) yeast foods, in accordance with Table XIV to section B.16.100,

    • (v) calcium sulphate in such quantity that the content of soluble sulphates in the finished wine shall not exceed 0.2 per cent weight by volume calculated as potassium sulphate,

    • (vi) calcium carbonate in such quantity that the content of tartaric acid in the finished wine shall not be less than 0.15 per cent weight by volume,

    • (vii) sulphurous acid, including salts thereof, in such quantity that its content in the finished wine shall not exceed

      • (A) 70 parts per million in the free state, or

      • (B) 350 parts per million in the combined state, calculated as sulphur dioxide,

    • (viii) any of the following substances:

      • (A) citric acid, fumaric acid, lactic acid, malic acid, potassium bicarbonate, potassium carbonate, potassium citrate and tartaric acid, at a maximum level of use consistent with good manufacturing practice,

      • (B) metatartaric acid at a maximum level of use of 0.01 per cent, and

      • (C) potassium acid tartrate at a maximum level of use of 0.42 per cent,

    • (ix) amylase and pectinase at a maximum level of use consistent with good manufacturing practice,

    • (x) ascorbic acid or erythorbic acid, or their salts, at a maximum level of use consistent with good manufacturing practice,

    • (xi) antifoaming agents, in accordance with Table VIII to section B.16.100,

    • (xii) any of the following fining agents:

      • (A) activated carbon, albumen, casein, clay, diatomaceous earth, egg-white, isinglass, polyvinylpolypyrrolidone and silicon dioxide,

      • (B) acacia gum, agar, gelatin and potassium ferrocyanide, at a maximum level of use consistent with good manufacturing practice,

      • (C) tannic acid at a maximum level of use of 200 parts per million, and

      • (D) polyvinylpyrrolidone in an amount that does not exceed 2 parts per million in the finished product,

    • (xiii) caramel at a maximum level of use consistent with good manufacturing practice,

    • (xiv) brandy, fruit spirit or alcohol derived from the alcoholic fermentation of a food source distilled to not less than 94 per cent alcohol by volume,

    • (xv) any of the following substances:

      • (A) carbon dioxide and ozone at a maximum level of use consistent with good manufacturing practice, and

      • (B) oxygen,

    • (xvi) sorbic acid or salts thereof, not exceeding 500 parts per million calculated as sorbic acid,

    • (xvii) malolactic bacteria from the genera Lactobacillus, Leuconostoc and Pediococcus,

    • (xviii) copper sulphate in such a quantity that the content of copper in the finished product shall not exceed 0.0001 per cent,

    • (xix) nitrogen, and

    • (xx) oak chips and particles; and

  • (c) prior to final filtration may be treated with

    • (i) a strongly acid cation exchange resin in the sodium ion form, or

    • (ii) a weakly basic anion exchange resin in the hydroxyl ion form.

  • SOR/78-402, s. 1;
  • SOR/81-565, s. 1;
  • SOR/84-300, ss. 14(F), 15(E);
  • SOR/2006-91, s. 1;
  • SOR/2008-142, s. 1(F);
  • SOR/2010-143, s. 39(E).