Labelling Requirements for Fish and Fish Products
Molluscan Shellfish Labelling Requirements

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Live Molluscan Shellfish

In addition to the mandatory information that must be present on all food labels, the FIR requires that the label for bivalve molluscs in the shell must be correctly and legibly marked to show the date of processing and the location from which the bivalve molluscs were harvested [26(1)(f), FIR].

The label must also indicate either a "best before" date, or the date the molluscs were harvested. This date must be expressed on the label in the manner required in B.01.007(4)(d) and (5) of the FDR, (e.g. 97 JA 15 for January 15th 1997). The full year can be written out for clarity, e.g. 2003 JA 05. The statement "keep refrigerated" and the certification number of the registered establishment where the shellfish were processed must be also present on the label.

When live molluscs were wet-stored or relayed for more than 14 days, the harvesting date is the date when the molluscs were removed from the wet storage or relay site. When live molluscs were depurated, it must be indicated on the label.

Raw Shucked Molluscan Shellfish

In addition to the mandatory information that must be present on all food labels, the label on shucked molluscan shellfish sold fresh must indicate the registered establishment's certification number, the processing dateFootnote 2, the "best before" date and the statement "Keep refrigerated".

The label on shucked molluscan shellfish sold frozen must indicate the registered establishment's certification number, the processing dateFootnote 2, and the word "frozen" which must be immediately adjacent to the common name of the shellfish, and it must be in the letter type of equal prominence to the common name.

The "best before" date must be expressed on the label in the manner required in B.01.007(4)(d) and (5), FDR (e.g. 97 JA 15 for January 15th 1997). The full year can be written out for clarity, e.g. 2003 JA 05.

Where shucked meats were processed from depurated molluscan shellfish, it should be indicated on the label.

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