British Columbia | Food & Grocery | Food Product Labeling

Canadian Food Inspection Agency agrees to food labelling exemptions for B.C.

November 23, 2021

On Monday, November 22, 2021, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) posted a notice on labelling exemptions for food, including products originating from outside Canada, to help with supply chain challenges caused by the flooding in British Columbia.

The notice provides flexibility for non-food safety labelling and packaging requirements, so long as the information can be made available to the purchaser, but with a broader scope of application, namely:

  • Milk,
  • Baby food and formula,
  • Meat,
  • Fresh produce,
  • Bottled water,
  • Eggs,
  • Canned foods, and
  • Dry pasta.

The notice will expire on December 31, 2021. Pet food is not being included at this time as discussions are ongoing on with their animal health division.

RCC is also working with Health Canada on potential labelling exemptions for consumer goods. In the meantime, please note that the interim policy for household cleaning products, hand soaps and body soaps under COVID is still active, and industry can get exemptions by filling out this form.

For questions or more information contact

Jason McLinton
Vice-President, Grocery Division and Regulatory Affairs
jmclinton@retailcouncil.org
613- 656-7903

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