Labelling Requirements for Processed Products
Country of origin - Processed Products

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Processed fruit and vegetable products wholly manufacturedFootnote 1 in a country other than Canada

The declaration of the country of origin is mandatory for all imported processed products whether they are sold in their original containers or repackaged in Canada [41(1), PPR]. The country of origin can be declared as part of the identity and principal place of business of the foreign packer (processor) or as a separate declaration, for example:

  • as part of the identity and principal place of business of the foreign packer (processor):
    • "ABC Cannery, Cleveland, Ohio, USA"
    • Manufactured or Packaged by: Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corp., Hilo, Hawaii 96720, USA
  • as a separate declaration indicating the country of origin:
    • "Product of USA"

All country names must be written out in full, except for the United States which may be abbreviated to USA as it is recognized worldwide.

Examples:

  • Frozen carrots are imported from Belgium and repackaged in Canada; the packaging operation does not change the nature of the product. Therefore, the label must read: "Product of Belgium"
  • Olives are imported from Spain and repackaged in Canada in their original brine; they remain a "Product of Spain"

For the following situations indicating the country of origin is optional.

  • Products completely prepared in Canada from fruits and vegetables grown and processed in Canada
  • Processed fruit and vegetable products prepared in Canada from imported fruits or vegetables
  • Processed fruit and vegetable products prepared in Canada from a mix of imported and domestic fruits or vegetables

A Canadian packer who wishes to declare its product as being of Canadian origin must be careful to avoid giving misleading information to consumers. For more information on "Product of Canada" and "Made in Canada" declarations, refer to the Guidelines for Product of Canada and Made in Canada claims.

Location

The country of origin may be shown anywhere on the label, except on the bottom of the container [42(2), PPR].

Type Size

When imported processed fruit and vegetable products are prepared for a Canadian importer under their private label, the country of origin must be declared clearly and conspicuously on the label, in lettering [41(2), PPR]:

  • not less than ¼ inch or 6.4 mm high for containers over 10 ounces (> 284 g or > 284 ml);
  • at least ⅛ inch or 3.2 mm for containers 10 ounces and under (≤ 284 g or ≤ 284 ml)

When the country of origin is declared as part of the foreign identity and principal place of business , the minimum height of the letters of the declaration of country of origin is 1/16 inch or 1.6 mm. [41(1), PPR].

Language

The designation of the country of origin must be shown in English and French, (for example "Product of Spain" "Produit d'Espagne" [32, PPR]) unless the country of origin is part of the identity and principal place of business of the foreign company (for example "Company ABC ..., Spain").

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