Label Requirements for Produce in Ontario
Ontario Regulation 119/11
Ontario Regulation (O. Reg.) 119/11 Produce, Honey and Maple Products under the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001 regulates the grading, packaging, labelling, transporting, advertising and sale of produce, honey and maple products in Ontario.
The regulation defines produce as: fresh fruit and vegetables, sprouts, fresh culinary herbs, in shell tree nuts and peanuts, and edible fungi that are grown or harvested for commercial purposes in Ontario.
Produce, whether or not it is wrapped, packaged or cut into pieces for individual sale, is required to comply with the regulation.
In this regulation, produce does not include fruit and vegetables that are minimally processed or otherwise processed or used in the manufacture of other products. Minimally processed means produce that is peeled, cut, sliced or shredded in order to prepare and package it for sale as ready-to-eat or ready-to-cook. Processed means produce that is canned or preserved.
All produce, unless it is of a type that is not commercially grown or harvested in Canada, is subject to advertising and retail sign requirements in the regulation. Requirements are detailed in the "Advertising and Retail Display Signs for Produce in Ontario" infosheet.
Labelling, packaging, and grading requirements in O. Reg. 119/11 do not apply to:
Packers, transporters and vendors of produce that are not exempt from O. Reg. 119/11 must ensure the produce complies with the packing, labelling, transporting and sales requirements in the regulation.
In O. Reg. 119/11 a "package" means:
A label can include any mark, sign, device, imprint, stamp, ticket or tag that is applied, affixed or attached to a package or master container.
The labelling requirements outlined in O. Reg. 119/11 are in addition to the requirements established in the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act (Canada) and the Food and Drugs Act (Canada). For example, federal legislation sets out requirements for print size on labels. It is the packers responsibility to ensure labels comply with applicable legal requirements of both federal and provincial regulations.
Produce packed in previously used packages or master containers must have labels that meet O. Reg. 119/11 requirements. Non-compliant labels:
Every label applied to a package or master container of produce must include:
Labelling requirements do not apply to:
False or misleading information on any produce label, package or master container, in any advertisement for produce and on any retail display sign for produce is prohibited by O. Reg. 119/11. The regulation also prohibits misrepresenting:
For more information:
Please contact the Foods of Plant Origin Program.
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