Labelling of Meat and Meat
The purpose of a label is to provide basic product information
to consumers. Provicial meat plants are subject to both federal
and provincial labelling requirements. The requirements can be found
in the following legislation:
The provincial Meat Regulation (O.Reg.
31/05) requires pre-packaged meat products and bulk containers
- The meat inspection legend.
- A production date or code, unless meat product is a carcass
or half carcass. All required information is easily legible and
in characters not less than 1.6mm in height (unless the principal
display area is 10cm2 or less in which case the information may
be in characters not less than 0.8mm in height).
- Storage instructions ("Keep Refrigerated/Garder au Froid"
or "Keep Frozen/Garder Congélé") if the
meat product is not shelf-stable or does not meet any conditions
specified in the legislation.
- Appropriate use statements ("ready to cook", "uncooked",
"ready to cook/prêt à cuire" or "uncooked/non
cuit" or an equivalent term) and cooking instructions when
the product is not ready-to-eat but appears to be ready-to-eat.
- The words "May contain kidneys" or "May contain
kidneys/Peut contenir des reins" for young chickens or young
- The words "clean, green" or "clean, green/lavé,
vert" if the meat product is a part of an alimentary tract
that has not been scalded or bleached but cleaned in another manner.
- Where there is a standard set out in Table 1 Meat Product Standards
the product conforms to the standards set out by the table and
the related common name is used on the label.
- Species is included where a carcass, cut, organ or tissue is
described on the label. When a word or phrase from the table in
section 119 (Labelling Restrictions Based on Process of Meat Products)
is shown on the label of a meat product, the meat product has
met the related requirements of this table.
- You must also meet all federal labelling requirements.
For more information on provincial labelling requirements, please
speak to your inspector or Area Manager.
Federal labelling requirements are under the jurisdiction of the
Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). For information on federal
requirements, please visit CFIA's Food
Labelling for Industry website or contact