Labelling Requirements for Honey Products
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Summary Table of Labelling Requirements for Prepackaged Honey

Import (47, HR)
Export (34, 53, HR) ~ Interprovincial: Section (53, 54.2, HR)
Requirements Type Height Location on Label Language References
(HR)

Common Name: "Honey"

"Honey" only or accompanied with the name of the blossom

1.6 mm principal display panel English and French 35(1)(a)(I), 35(2), 35(3), 47(1)(c)(I) 47(2), 47(4), Schedule I, Table IV;

mandatory

Net quantity: g or kg

Standard containers are prescribed for prepacked honey [29(2), HR]

any size up to and including 150g; 250g; 375g; 500g; 750g; 1kg; 1.5kg; 2kg; 3kg; 5kg;

The Minister may permit the sale of novelty containers of non-standard sizes or experimental use sizes.

minimum 1.6 mm
(Numeric portion – see Type Height for Net Quantity, Grade and Colour Declarations)
principal display panel English and French, unless bilingual symbols are used 29(2), 29(4) 31, 35(1)(a)(iv), 35(2), 35(3), 35(4), 47(1)(b), 47(1)(c)(IV), 47(2), 47(3), 47(4);

mandatory

Grade

Packed in Canada:
Canada no. 1; Canada no. 2; Canada no. 3; sous-régulière/substandard

If imported, the grade designation is as follows:
"Grade no. X" or "No. 1", "No. 2", "No. 3"

Note: There is no "substandard" grade designation for imported products.

minimum 1.6 mm
(see Type Height for Net Quantity, Grade and Colour Declarations)
principal display panel English and French 5(1), 7, 35(1)(a)(ii), 35(2), 35(3), 47(1)(c)(ii), 47(2), 47(4), Schedule I, Table III;

mandatory

Colour
- white; golden; amber; dark

minimum 1.6 mm
(see Type Height for Net Quantity, Grade and Colour Declarations)
principal display panel English and French 35(1)(a)(ii), 35(2), 35(3), 47(1)(c)(ii) 47(2), 47(4), Schedule 1, Table I;

mandatory

Additional Requirements

"liquid" as applicable - Only if the honey has been heat-treated to avoid rapid crystallisation.

"creamed" as applicable - or any other word(s) indicating that the contents are granulated.

"Pressed" when applicable

"Pasteurized"/"Pasteurisé" - Only if the honey has been heat-treated by a registered pasteurizing plant so that the honey is free of viable sugar-tolerant yeasts. - Not applicable to prepackaged imported product

minimum 1.6 mm principal display panel English and French 35(1)(a)(v), 35(2), 35(3), 47(1)(c)(vii), 47(2), 47(4);

mandatory

Identity and Principal Place of Business

domestic product:
Name and address of the packer or Name and address of the first dealer and the registration number of the packer

imported product: Name and address of the packer or the importer

minimum 1.6 mm any surface except bottom English and French 35(1)(b)(i), 35(2), 35(3), 47(1)(c)(vi), 47(2), 47(4);

6(2), CPLR;

mandatory

Country of Origin

Canadian honey
"Product of Canada" or "Canadian honey"

Imported honey
"Product of …"

Blended from different countries
A blend of Canadian and … honey" or "A blend of … honey and Canadian honey"

minimum 1.6 mm any surface except bottom English and French 35(2), 37(1)(2)(3), 47(1)(c)(v), 47(2), 47(4), 52(1), 52(2);

mandatory

Brand or Trade-name

(product packaged in Canada)

minimum 1.6 mm any surface except bottom English and French 35(1)(b)(ii), 35(2), 35(3);

when applicable

Summary Table of Labelling Requirements for Packages and Bulk Containers of Honey

Import (47, HR)
Export (34, 53, HR) ~ Interprovincial (53, 54.2, HR)
Requirements Type Height Location on Label Language References
(HR, FDR)
Common Name: "Honey"

"Honey" only or accompanied with the name of the blossom

minimum 9.5 mm in distinctly legible block letters on at least one side or one end of the container English or French (domestic)

English and French (imported)

36(1)(a), 36(2), 47(1)(d)(i), 47(4), Schedule i, Table IV, HR;

B.01.012(11), FDR;

mandatory

Net Quantity in kg

standardized container sizes:
7kg; 15kg; 30kg or in containers larger than 30kg which are a multiple of 1kg

The Minister may authorize for experimental use containers

Number of containers therein - marked on shipping containers containing prepackaged product (domestic)

minimum 9.5 mm in distinctly legible block letters on at least one side or one end of the container English or French (domestic)

English and French unless bilingual symbols used (imported)

30(2), 31, 36(1)(d), 36(1)(e.1), 36(2) 47(1)(b), 47(1)(d)(IV), 47(4), HR;

B.01.012(11), FDR;

mandatory

Grade

Packed in Canada:
Canada no. 1; Canada no. 2; Canada no. 3; substandard

If imported, the grade designation is as follows:
"Grade no. X" or "No. 1", "No. 2" , "No. 3"
There is no "substandard" grade designation for imported products

minimum 9.5 mm in distinctly legible block letters on at least one side or one end of the container

English or French (domestic)

English and French (imported)

5(1), 7, 36(1)(b), 36(2), 47(1)(d), 47(1)(d)(ii), 47(4), Schedule i Table III, HR;

B.01.012(11), FDR;

mandatory

Colour

extra white; white; golden; light amber; dark amber; dark

minimum 9.5 mm in distinctly legible block letters on at least one side or one end of the container English or French (domestic)

English and French (imported)

36(1)(b), 36(2), 47(1)(d), 47(1)(d)(ii), 47(4), Schedule 1, Table ii, HR;

B.01.012(11), FDR;

mandatory

Other Requirements:

"liquid" as applicable - Only if the honey has been heat-treated to avoid rapid crystallisation.

"creamed" as applicable - or any other word(s) indicating that the contents are granulated.

"pressed" when applicable

"pasteurized" - Only if the honey has been heat-treated by a registered pasteurizing plant so that the honey is free of viable sugar-tolerant yeasts. (Domestic product only)

minimum 9.5 mm in distinctly legible block letters on at least one side or one end of the container English or French (domestic)

English and French (imported)

36(1)(g), 47(1)(d)(viii), 47(4), HR;

B.01.012(11), FDR;

mandatory

Lot Number (product packed in Canada) minimum 9.5 mm in distinctly legible block letters on at least one side or one end of the container n/a 36(1)(f), 36(2), HR; mandatory
Identity and Principal Place of Business

Domestic Product:
Name, address and registration number of the packer
or
Name and address of the first dealer and the registration number of the packer

Imported Product:
Name and address of the packer or the importer

minimum 9.5 mm in distinctly legible block letters on at least one side or one end of the box

English or French (domestic)

English and French (imported)

36(1)(c), 36(2), 47(1)(d), 47(1)(d)(vi), 47(4), HR;

B.01.012(11), FDR;

mandatory

Country of Origin

Canadian honey
"Product of Canada" or "Canadian honey"

Imported honey
"Product of …"

Blended from different countries
"A blend of Canadian and … honey" or "A blend of … honey and Canadian honey"

minimum 9.5 mm in distinctly legible block letters (for imported) on at least one side or one end of the container English or French (domestic)

English and French (imported)

37(1)(2)(3), 47(1)(d)(v), 52(1), 52(2), HR;

B.01.005, FDR;

mandatory

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