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Decisions: Simulated Meat


Fortification of Simulated Meat Products

Question: Do the nutrition requirements for simulated meat products [B.14.085] refer only to the simulated meat portion of the food or to the entire food including any breading that surrounds the product?

Answer: The nutrition requirements set out in B.14.085 apply only to the simulated meat portion of the food and not to any external portions, such as a breading, coatings, gravy or stew. The common name must accurately describe the product, for example "breaded simulated veal cutlet" or other appropriate terms. (September/2004)


Simulated or Flavoured Bacon Bits

Question: Does the use of the common name "simulated bacon bits" require that the product be nutritionally equivalent to real bits of bacon and, therefore, meet the compositional requirements of section B.14.090 of the Food and Drug Regulations?

Answer: Yes, the use of the common name "simulated bacon bits" requires that the product be nutritionally equivalent to real bits of bacon. The product must meet the compositional requirements of section B.14.090 of the Food and Drug Regulations).

The use of the common name "bacon flavoured bits" exempts the product from the requirement for nutritional equivalence and the product would not have to meet the compositional requirements of B.14.090 of the Food and Drug Regulations. (06/January/92)


Simulated Meat as an Ingredient

Question:When simulated meat is used as an ingredient of another food, is the declaration "contains no meat" required on the label of the final food, under section B.01.100(4)(a) of the Food and Drug Regulations?

Answer: No, when simulated meat is used as an ingredient of another food, such as a soup, the declaration "contains no meat" is not required on the label of the soup, under section B.01.100(4)(a) of the Food and Drug Regulations. The requirement of this section does not apply when the simulated meat is an ingredient in another food. Any vignettes on the final food, however, must not suggest that meat is present. (24/July/90)