Importance of accuracy

Under the law, all information on the label must be accurate and the packaging must not be misleading. The container must be constructed, filled, and displayed so that consumers can clearly determine the quality and quantity of the product.

Definition of “label” and “container / ornamental container”

A label is defined as any mark, sign, device, imprint, stamp, brand, ticket, or tag that appears on a container.

A container refers to a receptacle, package, wrapper, or confining band within which a product is offered for sale. The term does not include package liners, shipping containers, or any outer wrapping or box that is not customarily displayed to the consumer.

An ornamental container is a container that, because of a design on its surface or because of its shape or texture, appears to be a decorative ornament and is being sold as such while also being sold as a container for the product.

No false or misleading information can be placed on the label. The information on the label must match the actual product type, quality, performance, function, origin, and method of manufacture.

The product must match what is on the label with respect to information about the type, quality, performance, function, origin, and method of manufacture of the product.

“Product of Canada” and “Made in Canada” claims are subject to specific enforcement guidelines.

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