Label and Container Requirements for Ontario Maple Product Substitutes
Ontario Regulation 119/11
Labelling requirements set out on this page are for maple product substitutes. Labelling requirements for maple products obtained exclusively from maple sap, refer to Label Requirements for Maple Syrup in Ontario and Label Requirements for Ontario Maple Products Other than Maple Syrup.
Ontario Regulation 119/11 Produce, Honey and Maple products under the Food Safety and Quality Act , 2001 defines maple product substitute as any product that resembles a maple product in appearance and is prepared for the same use as a maple product but is not obtained exclusively from maple sap.
Examples of maple product substitutes include maple syrup infused with fruit juice, maple candy containing brown sugar, and maple sugar with an added stabilizer.
Products that contain less than 15 percent maple product by volume are not maple substitutes and are not covered by this regulation.
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. A "container" is any bottle, jar, bag, pail, drum or other receptacle that contains maple product.
Section 26 of O. Reg. 119/11 requires that every container of maple product substitute must have a statement of percentage on the principal display panel of the product. A statement of percentage is the amount of maple product contained in the maple product substitute as a percentage of the total volume of the product. The statement of percentage of maple product may not use the word "pure" or "pur."
Section 26 of O. Reg. 119/11 states:
Any person who packs, sells or advertises a maple product substitute that does not contain any maple product may not use the word "maple" or "érable" anywhere on the container except in the expressions "artificially maple flavoured," "romatisé artificiellement a l'érable" or "artificial maple flavouring," "arôme artificiel d'érable".
The following is an example of a non-compliant maple product substitute label:
"Blueberry Maple Syrup"
This label is non-compliant because the word maple is used in the product name which may lead consumers to mistake the substitute for a maple product.
The following is an example of a compliant maple product substitute label:
"Blueberry Infused Syrup
Contains 95 Percent Maple Syrup"
In this example of a label on a principal display panel, there is a statement of percentage, and the word maple is only used in the statement of percentage. The word pure is not used to refer to the maple product.
Words, pictures and designs on any label or container or in any advertisement of maple product that are likely to lead a person to mistake a maple product substitute for a maple product are prohibited by O. Reg. 119/11.
Similarly, a person who packs, sells or advertises maple product substitutes is prohibited from using containers of a shape that is likely to lead a person to mistake a maple product substitute for a maple product .
However, if a maple product substitute:
maple trees, maple leaves or any scene implying maple syrup may be shown on the principal display panel.
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