Northwest Horticultural Council
Canada Consumer Prepackaged Produce – New Labeling Requirements for Fruit
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) made a final decision regarding the specifics of lot code options required on consumer prepackaged produce to comply with Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR). The compliance date is January 15, 2020. (Note: CFIA has granted an extension until January 15, 2021, for the industry to use up existing packaging material.)
The following outlines the decision of CFIA:
- Lot Code: The term “lot code” is not specifically defined in the Safe Food for Canadians Act nor in the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR). In general terms, “lot code” when used in Part 5 – Traceability of the SFCR refers to a code that can be used to identify a lot that was manufactured, prepared, produced, stored, graded, packaged or labeled, under the same conditions. A lot code can be numeric, alphabetic or alphanumeric. Examples of lot code include: production date, best before date, establishment number, or SFCR license number. In addition, for fresh fruits or vegetables, the lot code may also be the harvest date, grower identification number, growing region or any other code that may be used for traceability purposes.
- Growing Region can be province/state or another sub-national division within a country, or any other commonly accepted region of production as determined by industry and/or government.
- On January 15, 2020, consumer prepackaged food will need a label which includes the following information:
- The common name
- The name and principal place of business of the person by or for whom the food was manufactured, prepared, produced, stored, packaged or labeled
- The lot code (lot code guidance is available in the SFCR: Glossary of key terms)
- The current guidance document, Regulatory requirements: Traceability will be revised to include examples of Growing Region although the list will not be exhaustive.
For additional information about CFIA consumer prepackaging requirements for produce, please see the Northwest Horticultural Council Export Manual here.
Contact: For more information contact the Northwest Horticultural Council at (509) 453-3193.