The United Fresh Produce Association and the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) have released the Second Edition of the USA/Canada Labeling Guide to support industry understanding of the differences and similarities for labeling compliance in both countries
With significant changes to both the U.S. and Canadian regulatory and business requirements, the two associations collaborated to create the guide, designed to be the first point of reference for companies shipping to one or both markets. The second edition reflects changes such as the addition of the PTI Harmonized Case Label, changes in product identification, new U.S. GMO labeling requirements, changes to nutrition labeling in Canada and the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations requirements. This includes new traceability requirements for prepackaged fresh fruits and vegetables. Information is available for both consumer items and case/shipping containers of fresh fruits and vegetables.
“We know members in the U.S. and Canada rely heavily on this guidance and anticipate that the revision will be a useful resource,” said Miriam Wolk, United Fresh’s vice-president, member services.
“Association collaboration to meet member needs is a key component of efforts and this newly revised Guide reflects the commitment to providing the best resource for the industry,” said CPMA’s vice-president of policy and issue management Jane Proctor.
The Guide is complimentary for United Fresh and CPMA members and available for download on both the United Fresh and CPMA websites. If you have questions on the guide, contact Emily Griep, United Fresh’s food safety manager at email@example.com or Jennifer Ong Tone, CPMA dietitian at firstname.lastname@example.org.