Labelling Requirements for Fish and Fish Products
Code Markings

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Code markings are required on cartons and cases in which containers of domestically processed or imported fish are packed, as well as every container of pickled, spiced or marinated fish [6(2)(a), 6(3), 31, 32, FIR]. These markings must identify:

  • the name of the establishment and
  • indicate the day, month and year of processing and
  • for some products, identify the product (using the table Code Marking Letters for Product Identification below).

Every hermetically sealed container of fish that has been sterilized must be embossed or otherwise permanently marked to identify [33, FIR]:

  • the name of the establishment and
  • the day, month and year of processing and
  • for some products, identify the product (using the table Code Marking Letters for Product Identification below).

The meaning of code markings must be available to an inspector.

Code Marking Letters for Product Identification

Product First letters of code marking
Blueback salmon B
Chum salmon K
Coho salmon C
Pink salmon P
Sockeye salmon S
Spring salmon T
Steelhead salmon H
Mixed species of minced salmon M
Lobster L
Tomalley or lobster paste LT
Lobster cocktail LC
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