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

Regulations are current to 2019-07-01 and last amended on 2019-06-17. Previous Versions

PART 12Grades and Grade Names (continued)

DIVISION 3Grading (continued)

Marginal note:Advertising or sale

 Any person is authorized to use a grade name in the advertising or sale of a food if the food is labelled with the grade name in accordance with these Regulations.

DIVISION 4Packaging and Labelling

SUBDIVISION AGeneral

Marginal note:Labelling of grade name — consumer prepackaged food

 In the case of a consumer prepackaged food, the grade name must be shown

  • (a) on the principal display panel or in the manner set out in the Compendium; and

  • (b) in characters of the height that is required by another provision in this Division or, if there is no such provision, in characters of at least the minimum character height that is set out in column 2 of Schedule 6 for the area of a principal display surface that is set out in column 1.

Marginal note:Illustration of grade name

 A grade name that is applied to a beef carcass, bison carcass, ovine carcass, veal carcass, poultry carcass that is dressed or partially dressed, dairy product or egg must be shown as illustrated in the Compendium or the Grades Document.

SUBDIVISION BEggs

Marginal note:Grade name — prepackaged eggs

  •  (1) The grade name on prepackaged eggs must be shown

    • (a) in the case of a tray with an overwrap or an egg carton, on the top of the tray or egg carton; and

    • (b) in the case of a container, other than a tray with an overwrap or an egg carton, in a central location on the container, except the top or the bottom.

  • Marginal note:Exception — paragraph (1)(a)

    (2) The grade name is not required to be shown on trays with an overwrap or on egg cartons that are packaged inside of a second container if the grade name is shown on the second container and the second container is sent or conveyed to an establishment where eggs are graded, packaged and labelled by a licence holder.

  • Marginal note:Exception — paragraph (1)(b)

    (3) If consumer prepackaged eggs in a container other than a tray with an overwrap or an egg carton are packaged inside of a second container, the grade name is not required to be shown on the second container if the grade name is readily discernable and legible without opening the second container and the grade name is not obscured by the second container.

Marginal note:Type size

 The grade name on prepackaged eggs must be shown in characters that are at least the following height:

  • (a) in the case of a tray with an overwrap or an egg carton of eggs graded Canada A or Canada B, 1.5 mm for the word “Canada” and 3 mm for “A” or “B”;

  • (b) in the case of a tray with an overwrap or an egg carton of eggs graded Canada C or Canada Nest Run, 1.5 mm;

  • (c) in the case of a container, other than a tray with an overwrap or an egg carton, that contains eggs graded Canada A or Canada B, 6 mm for the word “Canada” and 13 mm for “A” or “B”; and

  • (d) in the case of a container, other than a tray with an overwrap or an egg carton, that contains eggs graded Canada C or Canada Nest Run, 13 mm.

Marginal note:Eggs — Canada A

 Eggs that are graded Canada A must be labelled with any applicable size designation that is set out in the Compendium. The size designation must be shown on the container in close proximity to the grade name.

SUBDIVISION CFish

Marginal note:Prepackaged fish

 Prepackaged fish that is sent or conveyed from one province to another or that is imported or exported must be labelled with any applicable class and size designation that is set out in the Compendium. The class name or size designation must be shown in close proximity to the grade name and in characters that are at least 3.2 mm in height.

Marginal note:Second container

 If consumer prepackaged fish that is labelled in accordance with these Regulations is placed inside of a second container and the resulting product is consumer prepackaged fish, the second container is not required to be labelled with the grade name.

Marginal note:Type size

 The grade name of prepackaged fish must be shown in characters that are at least 3.2 mm in height if the declaration of net quantity is 900 g or less.

SUBDIVISION DFresh Fruits or Vegetables

Marginal note:Grade name — prepackaged fresh fruits or vegetables

  •  (1) The grade name of prepackaged fresh fruits or vegetables, other than consumer prepackaged fresh fruits or vegetables, must be shown

    • (a) on any surface of the container, except the bottom; and

    • (b) in characters of at least the minimum character height that is set out in column 2 of Schedule 6 for the area of a principal display surface that is set out in column 1.

  • Marginal note:Exception — type size

    (2) Despite subsection (1), the grade name of prepackaged fresh fruits or vegetables, other than consumer prepackaged fresh fruits or vegetables, may, if the container is a reusable plastic container, be in characters that are at least 1.6 mm in height.

  • Marginal note:Exception — second container

    (3) If prepackaged fresh fruits or vegetables that are labelled in accordance with these Regulations are placed inside of a second container and the resulting product is prepackaged fresh fruits or vegetables, other than consumer prepackaged fresh fruits or vegetables, the second container is not required to be labelled with the grade name if the grade name is readily discernible and legible without having to open the second container and the grade name is not obscured by the second container.

Marginal note:Size designation

 Fresh fruits or vegetables that are sent or conveyed from one province to another or imported must be labelled with the applicable size designation that is set out in the Compendium, if any. The size designation must

  • (a) be shown in close proximity to the grade name;

  • (b) in the case of prepackaged fresh fruits or vegetables, other than consumer prepackaged fresh fruits or vegetables,

    • (i) if their container is a reusable plastic container, be shown in characters that are at least 1.6 mm in height, or

    • (ii) if their container is not a reusable plastic container, be shown in characters of at least the minimum character height that is set out in paragraph 320(1)(b) for the grade name; and

  • (c) in the case of consumer prepackaged fresh fruits or vegetables, be shown in characters of at least the minimum character height that is set out in column 2 of Schedule 6 for the area of a principal display surface that is set out in column 1.

SUBDIVISION EProcessed Fruit or Vegetable Products

Marginal note:Size designation

  •  (1) A processed fruit or vegetable product that is sent or conveyed from one province to another or that is imported or exported must be labelled with any applicable size designation that is set out in the Compendium. The size designation must be shown in close proximity to the grade name in characters that are at least 1.6 mm in height.

  • Marginal note:Exception

    (2) Despite subsection (1), green or wax beans, peas, lima beans, asparagus tips or spears, whole white potatoes, whole carrots or cut carrots-whole style that are in a hermetically sealed package and have not been size graded or that are not all of the same size may be labelled, as the case may be, with the expression

    • (a) “Ungraded as to Size” or “non calibré”; or

    • (b) “Assorted Sizes” or “grosseurs assorties” or “Mixed Sizes” or “grosseurs mixtes”.

SUBDIVISION FHoney

Marginal note:Grade name — prepackaged honey

 The grade name of prepackaged honey, other than consumer prepackaged honey, must be shown

  • (a) on at least one side or one end of the container; and

  • (b) in characters that are at least 9.5 mm in height.

Marginal note:Colour class

 Honey that is sent or conveyed from one province to another or that is imported or exported must be labelled with any applicable colour class that is set out in the Compendium. The colour class must be shown on the container, in close proximity to the grade name,

  • (a) in the case of consumer prepackaged honey, in characters that are of at least the minimum character height that is set out in column 2 of Schedule 6 for the area of a principal display surface that is set out in column 1; or

  • (b) in the case of prepackaged honey other consumer prepackaged honey, in the manner set out in paragraphs 323(a) and (b).

SUBDIVISION GMaple Syrup

Marginal note:Colour class

 Maple syrup that is graded Canada Grade A and is sent or conveyed from one province to another or exported, or that is graded Grade A and is imported, must be labelled with the applicable colour class that is set out in the Compendium. The colour class must be shown on the container in characters of at least the minimum character height that is set out in column 2 of Schedule 6 for the area of a principal display surface that is set out in column 1.

 
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