Label Requirements for Maple Products in Ontario
Ontario Regulation 119/11
Ontario Regulation (O. Reg.) 119/11 Produce, Honey and Maple Products under the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001 regulates the grading, packaging, labelling, transporting and sale of maple products.
The regulation applies to maple products produced in Ontario that are packed or repacked in an Ontario establishment that is not federally registered within the meaning of the Canada Agricultural Products Act Maple Products Regulations. It also applies to maple products produced outside Ontario that are packed or repacked in non-federally registered Ontario establishments. Any person who packs, transports or sells maple products prepared in a non-federally registered establishment in Ontario must ensure the maple products meet the grading, packing and labelling requirements of O. Reg. 119/11.
Maple product may be packed in any container that is clean, sound and suitable. Containers with a capacity of 5 litres or less must be new and securely closed. Every container must be filled to at least 90 per cent of its capacity. Ontario Processing Grade can only be packed in bulk containers with a minimum capacity of 20 litres.
A "label" is any mark, sign, device, ticket, tag, imprint or stamp applied directly onto a container or otherwise affixed or attached to the container by any means. A "container" is any bottle, jar, bag, pail, drum or other receptacle containing maple product.
Maple product labelling requirements apply to maple product for consumers or for use in the manufacture of other foods. A container that is filled by the consumer from a bulk display or dispenser at the time of purchase does not require labelling.
Labelling requirements in O. Reg. 119/11 are in addition to requirements in the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act (Canada) and the Food and Drugs Act (Canada). For example, the Food and Drug Regulations under the Food and Drugs Act require nutritional labelling on consumer containers.
Every container of maple product, except containers of maple syrup with a capacity of 125 millilitres (ml) or less, must have a label with the following information:
A full address means sufficient information to identify the exact location of the relevant persons premises, such as a municipal address or property identification number and includes a postal code.
Maple syrup containers with a capacity of 125 ml or less must have a label with the following information:
When a maple product is produced outside Ontario and transported into Ontario in bulk for packaging and sale within Ontario, the label on a container must include information relating to the maple products place of origin in addition to the information required above.
If the maple product is not blended with maple product produced in Ontario, the words "Product of" followed by the name of the country or province in which it was produced must be indicated on the label. For example, "Product of Quebec" or "Product of Canada".
If the maple product is produced in a country other than Canada and blended with maple product produced in Ontario, the words "Product of Canada and" or "Product of Ontario" followed by the name of the other country are required on the label. For example, "Product of Canada and U.S.A." or "Product of Ontario and U.S.A."
If the maple product is produced in Canada but outside Ontario and is blended with maple product produced in Ontario, the words "Product of Ontario and" followed by the name of the other province or "Product of Canada" must be stated. For example, "Product of Ontario and Quebec" or "Product of Canada"
Although not a requirement under O. Reg. 119/11, where maple product is wholly produced and packaged in Ontario for sale in Ontario, a producer/packer may optionally include "Product of Ontario" on the label. However, the requirement for inclusion of the grade and colour classification (e.g. Ontario No. 1) remains even when "Product of Ontario" is used.
Maple syrup packed in previously used bulk containers must either have:
False or misleading information on any label or container of maple product or in any advertisement for a maple product is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, misrepresenting:
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