Fruit and Vegetable Labelling

The Food and Drugs Act, the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations, the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act, and the Official Languages Act collectively govern the labelling and packaging of fresh fruits and vegetables in Canada.

Interpreting these varied regulations can become extremely difficult. Non-compliant labels can adversely affect the marketing of your products or can result in punitive action against your company.

While there are many requirements, there are many 'grey' areas in the legislation and regulations that have the potential to create issues of non-compliance when developing a label. Without a clear understanding of the intricacies of the requirements and the relevant technical expertise, it can be extremely difficult to ensure that the label developed for the product will be acceptable for the Canadian marketplace.

Making claims on your labels about the health benefits or nutrient content, can be complicated, and an accurate nutritional facts table may be required. Nevertheless, when properly communicated, the information provided on product labels to consumers can be an effective marketing tool.

In order to ensure compliance, companies can engage a label review service, which can be costly. CPMA’s Label Review Service is available to CPMA Members only. For more information please examine our Label Review Service.

For more information, contact Sally Blackman at: sblackman@cpma.ca