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

Regulations are current to 2017-09-27 and last amended on 2014-06-13. Previous Versions

 [Repealed, SOR/2003-6, s. 93]

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), the declaration of net quantity of a meat product shown in metric units shall be in

    • (a) millilitres, where the net volume of the product is less than 1 000 mL, except that 500 mL may be shown as being one-half L or 0.5 L;

    • (b) litres, where the net volume is 1 000 mL or more;

    • (c) grams, where the net weight is less than 1 000 g, except that 500 g may be shown as being one-half kg or 0.5 kg; and

    • (d) kilograms, where the net weight is 1 000 g or more.

  • (2) The declaration of net quantity of a prepackaged random-weight meat product shown in metric units may be in grams or a decimal fraction of a kilogram, where the net weight is less than 1 000 g.

  • SOR/2003-6, s. 94;
  • SOR/2006-221, s. 16(E).
  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), where a meat product is sold as one unit but consists of two or more meat products that are packaged separately and labelled with the markings required to be shown on meat products in accordance with section 94, the declaration of net quantity shall show

    • (a) where there are different classes of products in the unit, the number of products in each class and the identity of each class in terms of its common name;

    • (b) the total net quantity of identical products in the unit or the net quantity of each of the identical products in the unit; and

    • (c) if a class of product in the unit contains only one product, the net quantity of that product.

  • (2) Subsection (l) does not apply where a meat product consists of less than seven identical meat products that are packaged separately and

    • (a) the meat products are each labelled to show all the markings required to be shown on meat products in accordance with section 94; and

    • (b) the markings are clearly visible at the time of sale.

 Subject to sections 118 to 120,

  • (a) the ingredients of a meat product shall be listed on the label of the meat product in descending order of their proportion in the product or as a percentage of the product; and

  • (b) the components of the ingredients of a meat product shall be listed on the label of the meat product

    • (i) immediately after the ingredient of which they are components, in such a manner as to indicate that they are components of that ingredient, and

    • (ii) in descending order of their proportion in the ingredient.

 Where a meat product is imported into Canada and subsequently packaged or labelled in a registered establishment without undergoing processing in a registered establishment, the label used for the meat product shall bear, in addition to the information required by section 94 and subject to subsection 97(1), the words “Product of” and “Produit de” followed by the name of the country from which the meat product originated, marked in a conspicuous manner, in close proximity to the identity of the meat product.

 [Repealed, SOR/2013-75, s. 3]

 The meat inspection legend shall not be applied to a meat product or the label of a meat product unless the meat inspection legend meets the requirements of section 93.

  •  (1) The meat inspection legend shall not be applied to or used in connection with any meat product unless the meat product

    • (a) is permitted to be identified as edible under Part I; or

    • (b) is identified as edible for the purpose of export and meets the requirements of the importing country.

  • (2) Subject to subsection (3), the meat inspection legend shall not be applied in any place other than a registered establishment.

  • (3) The meat inspection legend may be applied at a location other than a registered establishment where it is applied to a transport container of a meat product intended for export.

 [Repealed, SOR/94-683, s. 4]

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2) and sections 115 and 122, no meat product that is an edible dressed carcass, a part of the dressed carcass or an edible organ removed from the carcass shall be shipped from a registered establishment unless the meat product has been identified as edible

    • (a) by stamping or branding the meat product with the meat inspection legend;

    • (b) in the case of a dressed poultry carcass or the dressed carcass of a domesticated rabbit, by labelling it with a breast tag marked in accordance with paragraph 94(1)(c); or

    • (c) in the case of a meat product that is contained in a sealed container, by means of a printed meat inspection legend that is visible on or within the container.

  • (2) Subsection (1) does not apply in respect of an edible dressed carcass, a part of the dressed carcass or an edible organ removed from the carcass that is packaged in a container or bulk container that is labelled in accordance with sections 94 and 109.

  • SOR/92-292, s. 15;
  • SOR/94-683, s. 4.

 A meat product may be shipped from a registered establishment without having a label marked on it in accordance with this Part where

  • (a) it is shipped from the registered establishment in a bulk container or transport container that was sealed with an official seal under the authority of an inspector to another establishment that is registered for an activity set out in paragraph 27(1)(b) or (e);

  • (b) it is accompanied by

    • (i) a document from the operator stating that the meat product is edible, and

    • (ii) in the case of a prepared meat product, an ingredient listing; and

  • (c) the official seal is broken only with the consent of an inspector.

  •  (1) For the purpose of section 5 of the Act, inspectors and operators are authorized to apply the meat inspection legend to meat products and to reproduce or otherwise use the meat inspection legend with respect to meat products.

  • (2) For the purpose of section 5 of the Act, the following persons are authorized to reproduce the meat inspection legend or to advertise or sell, or to have in their possession for any of those purposes, a label or other material that shows the meat inspection legend:

    • (a) printers of labels and manufacturers of containers, if they deliver the labels and containers bearing the meat inspection legend to the operators who are authorized to use them;

    • (b) publishers of material on the subject of meat inspection;

    • (c) publishers of material advertising meat products produced in registered establishments; and

    • (d) printers of official export labels and manufacturers of meat inspection legend stamps, if they deliver the stickers and stamps directly to an Executive Director, Operations, of the Agency.

  • SOR/94-683, s. 4;
  • SOR/2003-6, s. 95.

 For the purposes of paragraph 5(b) of the Act, purveyors of meat products are authorized to advertise or sell or have in their possession for any such purpose a meat product to which the meat inspection legend has been applied.

 Components of ingredients added to a meat product shall be shown on the label as prescribed by sections B.01.008 to B.01.010 of the Food and Drug Regulations.

  • SOR/93-232, s. 2.

 [Repealed, SOR/93-232, s. 2]

  •  (1) Where it is an acceptable manufacturing practice for an operator to omit from a meat product any food that is ordinarily an ingredient of the meat product or a component of an ingredient thereof or substitute in whole or in part in a meat product any other food for a food that is ordinarily an ingredient or a component of an ingredient, the list of ingredients on the label of the meat product may, for the 12 month period beginning at the time the label is applied to the meat product, show as ingredients of the meat product or components of ingredients thereof the foods that may be omitted and the foods that may be substituted, where

    • (a) all the foods that may be used as ingredients or components throughout the 12 month period are shown in the list of ingredients;

    • (b) it is clearly stated as part of the list of ingredients that the food shown as an ingredient or component may not be present or that another food may be substituted for a food shown as an ingredient or component; and

    • (c) the foods that may be omitted or substituted are grouped with those of the same class of foods that are used as ingredients or components and the foods within each of the groups are listed in descending order of the proportion in which they are likely to be used during the 12 month period.

  • (2) Where it is an acceptable manufacturing practice for an operator to vary the proportions of ingredients of a meat product or components of an ingredient thereof, the list of ingredients on the label of the meat product may, for the 12 month period beginning at the time the label is applied to the meat product, show the ingredients or components in the same proportions throughout the 12 month period, where

    • (a) it is clearly stated as part of the list of ingredients that the proportions indicated are subject to change; and

    • (b) the ingredients or components are listed in descending order of the proportion in which they are likely to be used during the 12 month period.

 
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