Label Requirements for Maple Products in Ontario
Ontario Regulation 119/11
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On July 1, 2011, Ontario Regulation (O. Reg.) 119/11 Produce, Honey and Maple Products under the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001 came into effect. It replaces Reg. 386 Maple Products under the Farm Products Grades and Sales Act, which previously regulated maple products in Ontario. Grading, packaging, labelling, transporting, and sale of maple products are covered by the new regulation.
O. Reg. 119/11 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 CONTAINER REQUIREMENTS
Maple product may be packed in any container provided it is clean, sound and suitable. Containers with a capacity of 5 litres or less must be new. Every container must be filled to at least 90 per cent of its capacity. Bulk containers of Ontario Processing Grade maple syrup must be 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 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.
CONTAINER LABEL REQUIREMENTS
Every container of maple product, except containers of maple syrup with a capacity of 125 millilitres or less, must have a label with the following information:
Maple syrup containers with a capacity of 125 ml or less must have a label with the following information:
PLACE OF ORIGIN REQUIREMENTS
When maple product is produced outside Ontario and transported into Ontario in bulk for packaging and sale within Ontario, in addition to the information required above, the label on a container must include the information relating to the maple product's place of origin.
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 outside Canada and blended with maple product produced in Ontario, the words "Product of Canada and" or "Product of Ontario and" followed by the name of the other country are required on the label. For example, "Product of Canada and U.S." or "Product of Ontario and U.S."
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".
OTHER LABEL REQUIREMENTS
Maple syrup packed in previously used bulk containers must either have previous labels that do not meet O. Reg. 119/11 requirements completely removed and new labels that meet requirements applied, or information on previous labels must be completely obliterated and any required information added.
False or misleading information on any label or container of maple product or in any advertisement for a maple product is prohibited by O. Reg. 119/11. This includes, but is not limited to, misrepresenting:
Ontario Regulation 119/11 under the Food Safety and Quality
Guidelines to Food Labelling and Advertising
Maple Products Regulations under the Canada Agricultural
Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act and Regulations
Food and Drugs Act and Regulations
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