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Food & Beverage

Important: If you supply products for sale on Amazon, you must comply with all federal, provincial, and local laws and Amazon policies applicable to those products and product listings.

Examples of permitted listings

    • Products that are safe, properly prepared, packaged and labelled, and are not otherwise prohibited
    • Lot controlled products with a shelf life greater than 90 days from the time they are listed on Amazon.ca, which must be removed within 50 days prior to their expiration date

Examples of prohibited listings

  • Alcohol products
  • Prohibited animal products
  • Products containing ingredients for which a pre-market safety notification is required but has not been filed
  • Products that are misbranded
  • Products that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has determined present an unreasonable risk of injury or illness
  • Products that have passed their "best before" or expiry dates
  • Lot controlled products with a shelf life of less than 90 days from the time they are listed on Amazon.ca, which must be removed within 50 days prior to their expiration date
  • Products containing shark, dolphin, whale, or porpoise meat
  • Products that are prohibited from being imported into or are subject to trade / import restrictions in Canada
  • Products that are advertised or represented as a treatment, preventative or cure for any disease, disorder or abnormal physical state listed in the Food and Drugs Act, Schedule A (e.g. cancer, depression, diabetes, obesity)
  • Products that contain any poisonous or harmful substance (subject to limited exemptions)
  • Products that are unfit for human consumption
  • Products that consist in whole or in part of any filthy, putrid, disgusting, rotten, decomposed or diseased animal or vegetable substance
  • Products that are adulterated
  • Products that are manufactured, prepared, preserved, packaged or stored under unsanitary conditions
  • Products that do not comply with the prescribed standard for that food or beverage, where applicable, and is likely to be mistaken for that food or beverage (products with prescribed standards include, but are not limited to, cocoa and chocolate products, coffee, milk and milk ingredients, fruit juices, meal replacements etc.)
  • Products that have been the subject of a recall order or prior regulatory action, such as:
    • a Canadian Food Inspection Agency "food recall" or "allergy alert"
  • Products that are not labelled or packaged as required by the Food and Drugs Act and Regulations
    • Products that are not properly labelled with core labelling elements such as: the common name, net quantity, dealer declaration, ingredients and allergen listing, date markings, nutrition labelling
    • Products that do not meet bilingual labelling requirements and are not otherwise excepted from these requirements
    • Products that are labelled with false and misleading claims
  • Products containing synthetic food colors that are not permitted in Canada
  • Products for special dietary use (e.g. formulated liquid diets, meal replacements, low calorie foods) that do not comply with composition, labelling and other requirements set out in the Food and Drug Regulations
  • Products that may be subject to, but do not meet prescribed quality, labelling, packaging, grading, and health and safety requirements. Such product categories include:
    • Dairy products (e.g. milk, butter, cheese, dry milk products)
    • Egg and egg products
    • Fish and fish products
    • Fresh fruits and vegetables, including nuts and edible fungi
    • Processed products, including processed fruit and vegetable products
    • Honey and honey products
    • Maple products
    • Meat and meat products
  • Products that are not prepared or processed in a federally registered establishment (if applicable) or if the product is imported, does not meet applicable import requirements
  • Products that are not eligible to be traded interprovincially or internationally
  • Products that are represented as organic or bear the federal organic agricultural legend, but are not certified to the prescribed organic standard
  • Canned products that do not meet the processing, packaging and labelling requirements contained in the Food and Drug Regulations
  • Infant formula (human milk substitutes) that do not comply with composition, labelling and other requirements contained in the Food and Drug Regulations
  • Irradiated products that are not irradiated in accordance with the requirements under the Food and Drug Regulations
  • Novel foods that do not comply with the assessment and labelling requirements of Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency
  • Sports nutrition products that do not meet the compositional and labelling requirements contained in the Food and Drug Regulations

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