On April 6, the government of Quebec published a draft of the Regulation to revoke the Regulation respecting fresh fruits and vegetables. RCC members had supported the initiative leading to this draft, given that the regulation stipulated standards that were deemed unnecessary.

Overall, the revoking of the Regulation respecting fresh fruits and vegetables will generate positive changes by eliminating all of the standards concerning the conditioning, sale, packaging and marking of fresh fruits and vegetables sold in retail stores or wholesale.

On Wednesday, July 20, the government confirmed this initiative, specifying that it would come into effect on August 4.

The draft regulation in its entirety can be found here.

What this represents for you:

Here are a few concrete examples of the types of changes this initiative will allow you to make.

1) The name of the country of origin

Given that section 22 of the Regulation respecting fresh fruits and vegetables will be repealed, retailers will need to abide by section 3.3.4 of the Regulation respecting food. As such, identifying the name of the country of origin on a sign above products sold in stores or published in flyers will no longer be mandatory for those fruits and vegetables that are not similar to those grown in Québec and which do not come from Québec: oranges, pineapples, mangos, etc.

2) Permission to legally sell vegetables that are or appear "misshapen".

Henceforth, there will be no legal restrictions on the trade and sale of "abnormal-looking" fruits and vegetables.

3) Permission to innovate as regards product presentation.

The requirements concerning container format and type have been revoked, and it will now be possible to legally sell fresh fruits and vegetables of different categories, sizes and colour in a same bag.

For further details on the upcoming changes, please see the analysis prepared by Me Carole Fortin, Director of government relations and public affairs, Grocery division. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact her at [email protected]

Next steps:

  • Obtain more specific information as regards products similar to Québec products as well as the term "abnormal" vegetables.
  • Comply with the process for the initiative's coming into effect, and this as of August 4th.
  • Respond to all questions asked during the transition period.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact Carole Fortin at [email protected] or 514-316-7813