Label and Container Requirements for Ontario Maple Product Substitutes

Ontario Regulation 119/11

Labelling requirements set out on this page are for maple product substitutes. Labelling requirements for maple products obtained exclusively from maple sap, refer to Label Requirements for Maple Syrup in Ontario and Label Requirements for Ontario Maple Products Other than Maple Syrup.


Introduction

Ontario Regulation 119/11 Produce, Honey and Maple products under the Food Safety and Quality Act , 2001 defines “maple product substitute” as “any product that resembles a maple product in appearance and is prepared for the same use as a maple product but is not obtained exclusively from maple sap.”

Examples of maple product substitutes include maple syrup infused with fruit juice, maple candy containing brown sugar, and maple sugar with an added stabilizer.

Products that contain less than 15 percent maple product by volume are not maple substitutes and are not covered by this regulation.

Label Requirments for Maple Product Substitutes

A "label" includes 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 that contains maple product.

Section 26 of O. Reg. 119/11 requires that every container of maple product substitute must have a statement of percentage on the principal display panel of the product. A statement of percentage is the amount of maple product contained in the maple product substitute as a percentage of the total volume of the product. The statement of percentage of maple product may not use the word "pure" or "pur."

Section 26 of O. Reg. 119/11 states:

  • use of the word "maple" or "érable" may not appear on the label of a maple substitute except in:
    • the statement of percentage, and
    • in the list of ingredients
  • use of the word "maple" or "érable" in the product name of the maple product substitute is prohibited.

Any person who packs, sells or advertises a maple product substitute that does not contain any maple product may not use the word "maple" or "érable" anywhere on the container except in the expressions "artificially maple flavoured," "romatisé artificiellement a l'érable" or "artificial maple flavouring," "arôme artificiel d'érable".

Labelling requirements outlined in O. Reg. 119/11 are in addition to requirements in the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act and its regulations and the Food and Drugs Act and its regulations.

Examples of Compliant and Non-Compliant Labels

The following is an example of a non-compliant maple product substitute label:

"Blueberry Maple Syrup"

This label is non-compliant because the word “maple” is used in the product name which may lead consumers to mistake the substitute for a maple product.

The following is an example of a compliant maple product substitute label:

"Blueberry Infused Syrup

Contains 95 Percent Maple Syrup"

In this example of a label on a principal display panel, there is a statement of percentage, and the word “maple” is only used in the statement of percentage. The word “pure” is not used to refer to the maple product.

Label and Container Design

Words, pictures and designs on any label or container or in any advertisement of maple product that are likely to lead a person to mistake a maple product substitute for a maple product are prohibited by O. Reg. 119/11.

Similarly, a person who packs, sells or advertises maple product substitutes is prohibited from using containers of a shape that is likely to lead a person to mistake a maple product substitute for a maple product .

However, if a maple product substitute:

  • contains at least 15 percent of maple product by volume
  • the percentage of maple product by volume is indicated on the principal display panel
  • the statement of percentage does not use the word "pure" or "pur" and
  • the word "maple" or "érable" appears only in the statement of maple product percentage and in the list of ingredients

maple trees, maple leaves or any scene implying maple syrup may be shown on the principal display panel.

Labelling Resources

Provincial (Ontario)

Federal (Canada)


For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300
E-mail: ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca
Author: Naomi Horst - Regulatory & Standards Coordinator/OMAFRA
Creation Date: 17 March 2016
Last Reviewed: 17 March 2016