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Temporary suspension of certain labelling requirements for foodservice products due to COVID-19


May 03, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has temporarily suspended low-risk activities.

Low-risk activities are those that do not immediately impact the production of safe food for Canadians.

Effective immediately, the CFIA is temporarily suspending certain labelling requirements that have no impact on food safety.

This will help to support the economy, alleviate supply disruptions in Canadian grocery stores, and avoid food waste.

Labelling of Canadian foodservice products for sale at retail

The CFIA will generally not object to the retail sale of food products made, packaged and labelled in Canada that were destined for foodservice use in Canada or the U.S. provided these products:

  • meet Canadian food safety requirements

  • are not labelled in a manner that is false, misleading or deceptive

  • include the following specific labelling information:

    1. a common name

    2. a list of ingredients and an allergen declaration, if applicable

    3. a name and contact information for the person responsible for the food

    4. a net quantity (in metric or imperial units)

    5. a lot code identifier (such as, date of production, best before date, lot number)

    6. storage instructions and best before date, if applicable

    7. directions for use, if applicable (such as, safe cooking instructions)

    8. food safety statements for meat or fish, if applicable (for example, previously frozen, mechanically tenderized meat)

For further information (in English), click on the Link

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