Meat Inspection Regulations, 1990 (SOR/90-288)

Regulations are current to 2017-11-20 and last amended on 2014-06-13. Previous Versions

  •  (1) Subject to sections 115 and 122, every meat product shipped from a registered establishment shall bear a label that meets the requirements of section 94.

  • (2) Every carcass and half carcass, other than that of a bird or domesticated rabbit, that is not, as a result of a post-mortem examination or a post-mortem inspection, identified as being held or condemned shall be stamped with the meat inspection legend before refrigeration.

  • (3) All meat products shall be labelled with the production date or with a code identifying the production lot.

  • SOR/92-292, s. 13;
  • SOR/94-683, s. 4;
  • SOR/2001-167, s. 23;
  • SOR/2003-6, s. 89.
  •  (1) Subject to subsections (2) to (4), the information required by section 94 to be included on the label of a meat product shall be shown on the principal display panel.

  • (2) The information required by subparagraphs 94(1)(a)(iii) to (v) and (vii) may be shown on a panel other than the principal display panel.

  • (3) The information required by subparagraph 94(1)(a)(vii) may be shown on that part of the label that is applied to the bottom of the container if a clear indication of the location of the required information appears elsewhere on the label.

  • (4) In the case of a bulk container sealed with a tamper-evident seal, the meat inspection legend required by subparagraph 94(1)(b)(iv) may be shown on the seal and, if it is shown on the seal, may be shown on a panel other than the principal display panel.

  • SOR/93-232, s. 2;
  • SOR/2003-6, s. 90.
  •  (1) Subject to subsections (2) to (8) and section 122, all markings required by these Regulations to be shown on a label used in connection with a meat product shall be shown in both official languages, except that the operator’s name and the address of the registered establishment where the meat product was produced or labelled or the name and address of the person for whom the meat product was produced or labelled may be shown in one of the official languages.

  • (2) Subsection (1) does not apply in respect of the label of a non-retail container or of any tag referred to in paragraph 94(1)(d) where all of the information required by paragraphs 94(1)(b) and 123(e) is shown in one of the official languages.

  • (3) Subject to subsections (4) to (6), subsection (1) does not apply in respect of a local product or test market product where

    • (a) it is sold in a local government unit in which one of the official languages is the mother tongue of less than 10 per cent of the total number of persons residing in the local government unit; and

    • (b) the information required by these Regulations to be shown on the label of those products is shown in the official language that is the mother tongue of at least l0 per cent of the total number of persons residing in the local government unit.

  • (4) Where one of the official languages is the mother tongue of less than l0 per cent of the total number of persons residing in a local government unit and the other official language is the mother tongue of less than l0 per cent of the total number of persons residing in the same local government unit, subsection (3) does not apply.

  • (5) Subsection (3) does not apply in respect of a test market product unless the dealer who intends to conduct the test marketing of the product has, at least six weeks before conducting the test marketing, filed with the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food a notice of intention to do so.

  • (6) A test market product shall, for the purpose of subsection (3), cease to be a test market product on the expiration of 12 consecutive months after the date on which it was first offered for sale as a test market product, but any test market product that was acquired for resale by a dealer, other than the dealer who filed the notice of intention referred to in subsection (5), before the expiration of those 12 consecutive months, shall continue to be a test market product, for the purposes of subsection (3), until it is sold to a consumer.

  • (7) Subsection (1) does not apply in respect of a specialty product if the information required by these Regulations to be shown on the label of a meat product is shown in one of the official languages.

  • (8) Where there are one or more surfaces on the label of a meat product that are of at least the same size and prominence as the principal display panel, the information required by these Regulations to be shown on the principal display panel may be shown in one official language if that information is shown in the other official language on one of those other surfaces.

  • SOR/2000-184, s. 78;
  • SOR/2011-234, s. 9.
  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), all or part of the label of a meat product shall be applied to the principal display surface.

  • (2) Where the container of a prepackaged meat product is mounted on a display card, the label may be applied to the side of the display card that is displayed or visible under normal or customary conditions of sale or use.

  •  (1) For the purposes of this section and sections 100 and 101, the height of a character is, where words appear in upper case, the height of an upper case letter and, where words appear in lower case or in a mixture of upper and lower case, the height of the lower case letter “o”.

  • (2) Subject to section 100, all information required by these Regulations to be shown on a label shall be shown in a manner easily legible to any person under normal or customary conditions of sale or use and shall be in characters not less than 1.6 mm in height.

  • (3) The numerical quantity in the declaration of net quantity shall be shown in bold-face type in characters not less than the following height:

    • (a) 1.6 mm, where the area of the principal display surface of the container or bulk container is not more than 32 cm2;

    • (b) 3.2 mm, where the area of the principal display surface of the container or bulk container is more than 32 cm2 but not more than 258 cm2;

    • (c) 6.4 mm, where the area of the principal display surface of the container or bulk container is more than 258 cm2 but not more than 645 cm2;

    • (d) 9.5 mm, where the area of the principal display surface of the container or bulk container is more than 645 cm2 but not more than 2 580 cm2; and

    • (e) 12.7 mm, where the area of the principal display surface of the container or bulk container is more than 2 580 cm2.

  • (4) Where a container is mounted on a display card and the declaration of net quantity is shown on the display card, the height of the characters shall be proportionate to the total area of the side of the display card that is displayed or visible under normal or customary conditions of sale or use.

 Where the area of the principal display surface of a container is not more than 10 cm2 and all the information required by these Regulations to be shown on a label is shown on the principal display panel, that information, other than the information contained in the declaration of net quantity, may be in characters not less than 0.8 mm in height.

 Where a word or phrase set out in Column I of an item of Schedule IV is shown on the label of a meat product, it shall be shown immediately preceding or immediately following the identity of the meat product.

  •  (1) The net quantity of a meat product shall be shown in metric units.

  • (2) Where the declaration of net quantity is shown in metric and Canadian units, those units shall be grouped together.

  • (3) If the net quantity in the declaration of net quantity of a meat product is less than one metric unit, it shall be shown using

    • (a) the decimal system with the numeral zero before the decimal point; or

    • (b) words.

  • SOR/2003-6, s. 91;
  • SOR/2006-221, s. 15(E).
  •  (1) The declaration of net quantity of a meat product shall reflect the actual quantity of the meat product within the tolerances prescribed by the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act.

  • (2) Subject to subsection (4), the declaration of net quantity of a meat product shall show the quantity of the meat product by weight.

  • (3) The declaration of net quantity of a meat product packed in brine or vinegar shall show the quantity of the meat product by weight exclusive of the free liquid.

  • (4) The declaration of net quantity of the following meat products shall be expressed by volume:

    • (a) beans with pork;

    • (b) infant foods;

    • (c) junior foods;

    • (d) soups; and

    • (e) mincemeat.

 If a declaration of net quantity shown in metric units is in the decimal system, it shall be shown to three decimal places, except that if the net quantity is less than 100 g or 100 mL, it may be shown to two decimal places and, in either case, any final zero occurring to the right of the decimal point need not be shown.

  • SOR/2003-6, s. 92.
 
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