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Legal Requirements for Product Labeling: What You Need to Know

Brian Kroeker

May 18, 2023

Summary of Key Points

  • Product labeling is crucial for consumer safety, product insights, and legal compliance. It’s more than a legal mandate—it’s about trust, transparency, and highlighting the purpose of your products.
  • Canada’s general labeling laws require the display of product identity, net quantity, and the dealer’s name and principal place of business on all products.
  • Specific product types have additional labeling requirements: food and beverage items need a Nutrition Facts table, list of ingredients, and allergen labeling; beauty and skincare products need an ingredients list and cautionary statements; household products must display any relevant hazard symbols and cautionary language.
  • Little Rock Printing™ helps navigate the labeling process, offering quality control, flexibility in product type and label size, no limits on order size, and guaranteed timely delivery.
  • Once you’ve created a print-ready design that meets the guidelines above, we can take care of the printing process and provide a product that is legally compliant, aesthetically pleasing, and true to your brand.

Let’s talk labeling: the secret weapon of any great product. It’s not just about a pretty design, it’s also about maintaining compliance and ensuring that your customers have all the information they need. That’s why Canada has so many requirements for labeling products in different industries—including food and beverage items, personal care items, and more.

Navigating all this might feel a bit daunting, but don’t worry—here at Little Rock Printing™, we’re with you every step of the way! Whether you want to design effective roll labels, clear stickers, or custom die cut stickers, our team is here to guide you through the labeling process in the most straightforward and hassle free way possible.

See also: Roll Labels vs. Clear & Custom Die-Cut Stickers: What’s Best for Your Products?

The Three Pillars of Great Product Labeling

Product labeling, in a nutshell, is all about the essential details. It’s the information you present about your product on its packaging, or even the product itself. Beyond being a legal necessity, good labeling always does three key things:

  • Safeguards consumer protection and safety
  • Gives customers insights into the product they’re buying
  • Ensures you’re on the right side of the law

Canada has numerous laws designed to ensure that you cover the three points above when labeling your products. We’ll dive into that next.

General Labeling Regulations in Canada

Canada’s labeling laws have a few key points that apply to all products, thanks to the Canadian Consumer Packaging and Labeling Act. Here’s what you need to make sure you put on your labels, no matter what you’re selling:

  • Product Identity: What is it? Let your customers know clearly.
  • Net Quantity: How much is there? State the volume or amount.
  • Dealer’s Name and Principal Place of Business: Who made it and where? Your business name and address need to be visible.
Labels for Cold Brew Coffee bottles

Via Adobe Stock.

Food & Beverage Items

For those of you cooking up a storm and crafting delightful food and beverage items, here’s what the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) says your labels need:

  • Nutrition Facts Table: The lowdown on the nutritional content.
  • List of Ingredients: Every single ingredient, listed out.
  • Allergen Labeling: Potential allergens clearly identified.
Woman in store looking at labels on personal care products

Via Adobe Stock.

Health, Beauty, & Skincare Products

Crafters of lovely lotions and potions, your beauty and skincare labels, under the Cosmetic Regulations of the Food and Drugs Act, should include:

  • Ingredients List: All the elements that go into making your product special.
  • Warnings or Cautionary Statements: Potential risks, if any, spelled out.
Woman looking up product label on phone in grocery store while holding household cleaner

Via Adobe Stock.

Household Products

For those creating household goods like candles or cleaners, the Consumer Chemicals and Containers Regulations, 2001, state your labels should feature:

  • Hazard Symbols: Any potential dangers, signified with the correct symbol.
  • Cautionary Language: Safety first! List out precautions or safety instructions.

Meeting Your Labeling Requirements

Labeling is more than a legal mandate—it’s your product’s calling card. It’s about creating trust, maintaining transparency, and showcasing what your product is all about.

That said, following the regulations above is an excellent way to help ensure that the labels you create and send to us for printing accomplish these goals. Use what you’ve learned here to get started, but always remember to consult with a legal expert or regulatory authority for the most up-to-date and comprehensive information about labeling requirements.

Navigating the world of product labeling may seem daunting, but that’s why we’re here. At Little Rock Printing™, we’re ready to print you labels that tick all the boxes: legally compliant, aesthetically pleasing, and true to your brand. Here’s how we can make the journey easier:

  • Quality Control: We’ve got stringent in-house quality checks for our work and print almost everything ourselves in our Calgary print shop.
  • Flexibility: No matter your product type or label size, we’re flexible to accommodate your needs. We don’t have any minimum or maximum order sizes either—so print as few or as many labels as you want.
  • Timely Delivery: Our timelines are guaranteed. Whether you choose a 1 or 5-day timeline, we promise your order will be ready.

Video Walk-Through

Check out the video below to see us design custom roll labels step-by-step!

See also: How to Design Custom Roll Labels Using Canva

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Once you’ve created your print-ready design using the guidelines above, it’s easy for our team to take care of the rest. Just place your order online and contact us with any questions or special requests you have so that we can print you something truly special.

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