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Decisions: Meat and Poultry


Available Display Surface (ADS) for bacon boards

Question:  What is considered Available Display Surface (ADS) in the case of bacon board packages?

Answer:  Available display surface in the case of bacon board packages is the total surface of the package, excluding the space occupied by the UPC code, the package seams, and a surface equivalent to the length of the package by the width of a strip of bacon, so that the customer is able to see the bacon. The space equivalent to the length of the package by the width of a strip of bacon is only excluded in the calculation of the ADS if indeed the package has such a window to display the bacon.  (August 2004)


Meat - Disclaimer for Nutrition Information

Question: Is a disclaimer such as "subject to change with various suppliers" acceptable on retail store signs to qualify nutrition information covering a variety of meats on display?

Answer: No, it is not acceptable to use a disclaimer such as "subject to change with various suppliers" on retail store signs to qualify nutrition information covering a variety of meats on display. The retailer is responsible for providing accurate information concerning the product as sold and cannot be relieved of this responsibility by using a disclaimer. (updated 2006)


"Lean" and "Extra lean"

Question: What products can use the claims “lean” and “extra-lean” under the nutrition labelling regulations?

Answer: Items 46 and 47 of the table following B.01.513 of the Food and Drug Regulations (FDR) specify the conditions for the food for the claims as follows:

Lean: The food:
(a) is meat or poultry that has not been ground, a marine or fresh water animal, or a product of any of these;
(b) contains 10% or less fat.

Extra-Lean: The food:
(a) is meat or poultry that has not been ground, a marine or fresh water animal, or a product of any of these;
(b) contains 7.5% or less fat.

The claims “lean” and “extra-lean” may only be used on foods meeting the definition in the Food and Drug Regulations for meat, meat by-product, prepared meat, prepared meat by-products (Division 14), poultry meat, poultry meat by-product, prepared poultry meat, prepared poultry meat by-product (Division 22), and foods meeting the definition of marine and fresh water animals (Division 21).

Prepared foods such as meat pie, lasagna, pizza, meat/poultry/fish sauces or pastes, etc., would not be eligible to make these claims.

As well, the use of the term “lean” is permitted in the brand name of a prepackaged food product that is represented for use in a weight reduction diet or a weight maintenance diet. [B.01.502 (2) (l), FDR]

Note that the above definitions of “lean” and “extra lean” do not apply to the ground meat or ground poultry which are subject to the standards for ground meats as defined in Schedule I of the Meat Inspection Regulations, 1990:

  • Extra Lean Ground (naming the species) - maximum 10% fat
  • Lean Ground (naming the species) - maximum 17% fat
  • Medium Ground (naming the species) - maximum 23% fat
  • Regular Ground (naming the species) - maximum 30% fat