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Decisions: Eggs

"No Hormones" Claim

Question: Can the claim “no hormones” be made on an egg carton?

Answer: A “no hormones” claim by itself on an egg carton would be considered misleading under section 5(1) of the Food and Drugs Act, because it would imply that other eggs may have come from hens administered hormones. The use of hormones is not allowed in poultry in Canada. Hormones cannot be administered in any form, including through the feed or water.

A “no hormones” claim can be made on an egg carton, as long as it is accompanied by a statement explaining that “the use of hormones is not permitted in poultry in Canada”.  The statement must be placed close to the claim. It will not be acceptable to put the statement under the lid if the claim is on the front of the panel. (September 2004)

Best Before Dating of Loose Eggs

Question: Do eggs sold loose in trays require a "best before" date?

Answer: No, a "best before" date is not required. Eggs sold loose in trays are not considered to be prepackaged (unless they are overwrapped). The provisions of B.01.007 of the Food and Drug Regulations apply only to prepackaged foods. (13/February/91)

Common Name of Dried Egg Albumen

Question: Is there a prescribed common name for "dried egg albumen"?

Answer: Yes, dried egg albumen is standardized in section B.22.036 where both "dried egg-white" and "dried albumen" appear in bold face type. Names appearing in bold face type are prescribed common names. (September 10/93)

Rosette on Carton

Question: Is it acceptable to print a vignette of a rosette and ribbon on a carton of eggs?

Answer: No, a vignette of a rosette and ribbon shown on an egg carton is considered misleading unless justified and explained on the label. (See policy on "Endorsements, Awards, and Seals of Approval" in the 2003 Guide to Food Labelling and Advertising, Section 3.6) (14/April/93)