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Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SOR/2018-108)

Regulations are current to 2020-11-02 and last amended on 2019-06-17. Previous Versions

PART 11Labelling (continued)

DIVISION 3Specific Requirements for Certain Foods (continued)

SUBDIVISION LEdible Meat Products (continued)

Marginal note:Definitions

 The following definitions apply in sections 283 and 284.

component

component means an individual unit of food that is combined as an individual unit of food with one or more other individual units of food to form an ingredient. (constituant)

ingredient

ingredient means an individual unit of food that is combined as an individual unit of food with one or more other individual units of food to form an integral unit of food that is an edible meat product. (ingrédient)

Marginal note:Prepackaged edible meat products

 The label of a prepackaged edible meat product must bear on the principal display panel

  • (a) a declaration of net quantity, in metric units, shown in the manner required by sections 233 to 236 and 239 as if it were a consumer prepackaged food;

  • (b) a statement that indicates that the meat product must be kept refrigerated or kept frozen, as the case may be, unless the meat product

    • (i) is in a hermetically sealed package and is commercially sterile,

    • (ii) is dried to attain a water activity of 0.85 or less,

    • (iii) has a pH of 4.6 or less,

    • (iv) is packaged in salt or a saturated salt solution, or

    • (v) is fermented and has a pH of 5.3 or less, and a water activity of 0.90 or less, at the end of the fermentation;

  • (c) in the case of a poultry carcass that is dressed or partially dressed, the expressions “With Giblets” and “avec abats” or “avec abattis”, if giblets are packaged with the poultry carcass and it has been graded; and

  • (d) in the case of a carcass of a chicken or young duck that is dressed or partially dressed or a portion of such a carcass, the expression “May Contain Kidneys” or “peut contenir les reins”, if the kidneys have not been removed or it may contain kidneys.

Marginal note:Inspection legend — prepackaged edible meat products

  •  (1) The label of a prepackaged edible meat product must also bear

    • (a) the inspection legend set out in Figure 1 or 2 of Schedule 2, if the prepackaged edible meat product is sent or conveyed from one province to another or exported; and

    • (b) the official inspection mark of the foreign state of origin, if the prepackaged edible meat product is imported.

  • Marginal note:Principal display panel

    (2) In the case of a prepackaged edible meat product, other than a consumer prepackaged meat product, the principal display panel must bear the inspection legend or the official inspection mark of the foreign state of origin.

  • Marginal note:Tamper-resistant seal

    (3) Despite subsection (2), in the case of a prepackaged edible meat product, other than a consumer prepackaged meat product, the inspection legend or the official inspection mark of the foreign state of origin may be shown on the tamper-resistant seal, if such a seal is used, unless that seal is applied to the bottom of the container.

Marginal note:Edible meat products

  •  (1) The label of an edible meat product may bear a word or expression that is set out in quotation marks in column 1 of Schedule 8 only if the edible meat product meets the requirements that are set out in column 2.

  • Marginal note:Location

    (2) If such a word or expression is shown on the label, it must be shown in close proximity to the common name.

Marginal note:Animal species

 The label of an edible meat product may describe the meat product as, or as being derived from, a carcass or part of a carcass or a cut, organ or tissue of a food animal only if the label bears the name of the animal species, as it is commonly known, from which the meat product was derived.

Marginal note:Ready-to-eat edible meat products

 The label of an edible meat product may bear a word or expression that indicates or suggests that it is a ready-to-eat product only if the requirements of section 47 are met in respect of the edible meat product.

Marginal note:Uncooked meat products

 The principal display panel of a prepackaged edible meat product that is not a ready-to-eat product but could be mistaken for one must bear

  • (a) the expression “Must Be Cooked” or “doit être cuit” or “Raw Product” or “produit cru” or the word “Uncooked” or “non cuit”, or any equivalent word or expression, in close proximity to the common name, to indicate that the meat product requires cooking before consumption; and

  • (b) comprehensive cooking instructions — such as a combination of internal temperature and cooking time — that, if followed, will result in a ready-to-eat meat product.

Marginal note:Prepackaged poultry carcass

 In the case of a prepackaged poultry carcass, if the carcass is dressed or partially dressed and has been graded, the common name must be shown on

  • (a) the part of the package that lies on or over the anterior centre of the breast of the poultry, if the carcass is individually packaged; or

  • (b) on a tag that is attached to the V of the wishbone of the poultry carcass, if it is not individually packaged.

Marginal note:Consumer prepackaged poultry carcass

 In the case of a consumer prepackaged poultry carcass, if the carcass is dressed or partially dressed and has been graded in accordance with these Regulations, the label must bear

  • (a) if the poultry carcass has been basted, the words “Basted” and “imprégné”, the words “Pre-basted” and “préimprégné”, the expressions “Deep Basted” and “imprégné en profondeur” or the words “Self-basting” and “auto-imprégné”, as the case may be, as well as the expressions “Graded before Basting” and “classifié avant imprégnation”;

  • (b) if it is graded Canada Utility, the expressions “May Have Parts Missing” and “des parties peuvent manquer”;

  • (c) if its breast bone has been removed, the expressions “Breast Bone Removed” and “bréchet enlevé”;

  • (d) if it has been stuffed, the words “Stuffed” and “farci” and the expressions “Graded before Stuffing” and “classifié avant d’être farci”; and

  • (e) if it has been seasoned, the words “Seasoned” and “assaisonné” and the expressions “Graded before Seasoning” and “classifié avant assaisonnement”.

Marginal note:Poultry carcass — not individually packaged

 In the case of a prepackaged poultry carcass, if the carcass is dressed or partially dressed and has been graded, but it is not individually packaged, a tag must be attached to the V of the wishbone of the poultry carcass that bears

  • (a) the name and principal place of business of the person by or for whom the poultry carcass was packaged; and

  • (b) the expression “May Contain Kidneys” or “peut contenir les reins”, if the poultry carcass is that of a chicken or young duck, or a portion of such a carcass, and it may contain kidneys or the kidneys have not been removed.

Marginal note:Word “ham”

 The label of an edible meat product may bear the word “Ham” or “jambon” only if the product is derived from the hind leg of a dressed swine carcass above the tarsal joint.

Marginal note:Label of edible meat products — exception

  •  (1) An edible meat product whose label does not meet the requirements of these Regulations may be sent or conveyed from an establishment that is identified in a licence if

    • (a) it is a prepackaged meat product, other than a consumer prepackaged meat product, that is sealed with a tamper-resistant seal or it is in a conveyance that is sealed with a tamper-resistant seal;

    • (b) it is sent or conveyed to another establishment where meat products are manufactured, processed, treated, preserved, graded, packaged or labelled by a licence holder; and

    • (c) it is accompanied by

      • (i) a document from the licence holder that states that the meat product is identified as edible under section 125, and

      • (ii) a list of ingredients that meets the requirements of the Food and Drug Regulations that apply in respect of a prepackaged product as defined in subsection B.01.001(1) of those Regulations.

  • Marginal note:Tamper-resistant seal

    (2) The tamper-resistant seal on the prepackaged meat product or conveyance must not be broken until after the meat product arrives at the other establishment.

 
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