Label Requirements for Maple Syrup in Ontario
Ontario Regulation 119/11
Labelling requirements set out on this page are for maple syrup. For labelling requirements for maple products other than maple syrup, refer to Label Requirements for Ontario Maple Products Other Than Maple Syrup.
Ontario Regulation (O. Reg.) 119/11 Produce, Honey and Maple Products under the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001 regulates the grading, packaging, labelling, transportation, advertising and sale of maple products.
The regulation applies to maple products produced in Ontario that are packed or repacked in an Ontario establishment that is not federally registered within the meaning of the Canada Agricultural Products Act Maple Products Regulations. It also applies to maple products produced outside Ontario that are packed or repacked in non-federally registered Ontario establishments.
A container is any bottle, jar, bag, pail, drum or other receptacle that contains maple product. Maple syrup may be packed in any container provided it is clean, sound, suitable for the purpose and made of food grade material. Consumer containers ( those with a capacity of 5 litres or less) of maple syrup must be new and securely closed. Every container must be filled to at least 90 per cent of its capacity.
A label includes any mark, sign, device, ticket, tag, imprint or stamp applied directly onto a container or otherwise affixed or attached to the container by any means. Specific labelling requirements apply to every consumer and bulk container of maple syrup. A container that is filled by the consumer from a bulk display or dispenser at the time of purchase does not require labelling. Labelling requirements in O. Reg. 119/11 are in addition to requirements in the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act (Canada) and the Food and Drugs Act (Canada). For example, the regulations under the federal Food and Drugs Act outline nutrition requirements for consumer containers. Language requirements are set out in regulations under the federal Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act.
The information required may be indicated on one or more label applied or affixed to maple syrup containers. Every container of maple syrup packed in Ontario at a non-federally registered establishment, except containers with a capacity of 125 millilitres or less, must have a label with the following information:
Maple syrup containers with a capacity of 125 ml or less must have a label with the following information:
Place of origin is required when:
The label on a container must include information on the maple syrups place of origin in addition to the information above. See the table below for place of origin requirements.
Although not a requirement under O. Reg. 119/11, where maple syrup is wholly produced and packaged in Ontario, a producer/packer may optionally include Product of Ontario or Product of Canada on the label.
Effective January 1, 2018, all maple syrup containers with a capacity of more than 125 ml must be identified with a production lot code. A production lot is the grouping of product produced, processed or packaged under similar circumstances within a given timeframe. A lot code is the specific identifier assigned to all products in a production lot and can be any unique combination of letters and/or numbers. Records must be maintained for each lot code.
Bulk maple syrup packed in previously used containers (i.e. containers with a capacity of more than five liters) must either have:
False or misleading information on any label or container of maple syrup or in any advertisement for a maple syrup is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, misrepresenting:
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