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Bilingual labelling of treated seed, effective April 23, 2020 – CFIA

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is implementing regulatory changes for treated seed sold in Canada. Effective April 23, 2020, health and safety information (including caution words) about pest control products must be labelled in both official languages, English and French.

These regulatory changes were published in the Canada Gazette Part II and registered on April 23, 2018.

The CFIA recognizes that companies will have costs related to the new bilingual labelling requirements. To help ease potential burden, the CFIA provided a two-year implementation phase to allow companies to use up their existing inventories of unilingual labels.

The phase-in period started on April 23, 2018 and will end on April 22, 2020.
On April 23, 2020, companies must have fully implemented the new bilingual labelling requirements.
Please note that this information must all be physically attached to or marked on the package of seed in order to meet the requirements for sale in Canada, as in Section 5 of the Seeds Regulations.

More information is available in the notice.

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