PACKAGING & LABELLING LAW

Froese Law guides your business to be compliant with mandatory packaging and labelling requirements, which is incredibly important in consumer goods, cannabis, cosmetics, food, beverage, alcohol and textiles type of products.  Moreover, if your business is incorporating voluntary claims, such as product performance, product composition or product origin into its brand messaging, Froese Law will work with you to ensure that these claims are onside. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Froese Law is an award-winning cross-border branding, corporate and commercial law firm. Our team of lawyers and legal professionals are dedicated to structuring your business, negotiating your contracts and protecting, enforcing and commercializing your brand. Contact us today for a free consultation! 

 

FROESE LAW SERVICES
  • Made in Canada claims

  • Product of Canada claims

  • Food and Drugs Act

  • Cannabis Act

  • Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act

  • Advising on consumer packaging and labelling laws

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is considered false or misleading labelling? 

The Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act prohibits any labelling to be false or misleading. This may include: 

  • Misleading Pictorial Representations. For example, a package that is labelled as containing 4 items yet has a picture of 6 items on the box may be in violation of the Act.

  • Qualifying Statements

  • The product must conform with any other claims made which may, for example, relate to its type, quality, performance, function, origin, or method of manufacture.

  • Incorrect Net Quantity Declaration. The actual contents of packages must not be less, on average, than the declared net quantity.

Is there anything mandatory that must be on a label?

Yes. The general principal is that there are three mandatory statements which must be shown on a label.  It always depends depending on the actual product, there may be other legal requirements. Generally, the regulations specify that the following statements must appear on labels:

  • product identity

  • product net quantity

  • dealer's name and principal place of business

What are the requirements when packaging an item?

Packages must be manufactured, constructed, or displayed in a way that consumers are not misled with respect to the quality or quantity of product it contains. For example, if a package that contains a single lipstick is presented in a way that the package is large enough to fit 100 lipsticks, this may be misleading. 

What is an organic claim?

It is exactly what it sounds like. A product that has content that is greater than or equal to 95% may be labelled or advertised as "organic" or be advertised with an organic logo.

What is a "Made in Canada" claim?

A product that is labelled "Made in Canada" means that all major ingredients, processing, and labour used to make the product are Canadian.