New and Simplified requirements of Ontario Apple Growers
On July 1, 2011, the Ontario government introduced a new regulation which affects the sale, packaging, labelling, transportation and advertising of apples packed or repacked in non-federally registered facilities in Ontario. Ontario Regulation (O. Reg.) 119/11, Produce, Honey and Maple Products under the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001 replaces Reg. 378 - Grades - Fruit and Vegetables under the Farm Products Grades and Sales Act.
The new regulation contains changes for Ontario apple growers and packers including removal of several requirements from the previous regulation. The requirements do not apply to apples that are minimally processed or otherwise processed or used in the manufacture of other products. Apples that are grown or harvested for personal use or consumption are also exempt from the new regulation.
It should be noted that apple producers and packers that are federally registered must still follow requirements of the Canada Agricultural Products (CAP) Act.
Unlike the previous regulation, O. Reg. 119/11 specifically addresses food safety. Under the new regulation, apples are considered to be contaminated if:
Grade standards for apples have been eliminated. Therefore, apple producers are no longer required to grade apples.
Packages, Containers and Labels
Apples may be packed in any package that is suitable for apples.
There are no specific package size requirements.
Labels must be applied to every package or master container of apples. The labelling requirements in this section are in addition to any other requirements of the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act (Canada) or the Food and Drugs Act (Canada). Every label must include:
Labels on previously used apple packages or master containers must be completely removed or information on the previous labels that do not meet O. Reg. 119/11 requirements must be completely obliterated. New labels with correct information must be applied.
If labels on packages of apples in master containers are easily and clearly discernable, no label is required on the master container.
Labelling requirements do not apply:
Advertisements, whether written or otherwise, require:
A sign must be present on or immediately over a retail display of apples. The sign must include the following information:
The print on the retail sign must be readily discernable and of a size reasonable in proportion to the size of the sign.
False or misleading information on any label, package or master container of apples, or in any advertisement or on any retail display sign is prohibited. Specifically, there cannot be misrepresentation of:
This article contains general information only regarding O. Reg. 119/11. It is not intended to be an all-inclusive review of the regulation. The full O. Reg. 119/11 text is available at:
OMAFRA will offer various infosheets and education sessions regarding O. Reg. 119/11. Refer to www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/food/inspection/fs_food_plant.htm for information as it becomes available.
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