The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is seeking input on potentially changing the maximum size of diced or cubed white potatoes in cans, a Jan. 21 news release says.
The industry requested to change the regulations relating to the maximum size of diced or cubed white potatoes packaged in hermetically sealed packages, the release says. If made the change will be added to the grade standards maintained by the CFIA and incorporated by reference into the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations.
Existing dice or cube size requirements for white potatoes packaged in hermetically sealed packages are outlined in section 40 of the “Canadian Grade Compendium: Volume 3 – Processed Fruit or Vegetable Products“.
The CFIA is seeking comment from:
- producers and packers
- individuals, businesses and organizations involved in the domestic and international supply of diced or cubed white potatoes packaged in hermetically sealed packages
- other government departments/agencies, including provincial/territorial and municipal
- trading partners
The objective of the proposal is to address changes in consumer demand, market needs and provide consistency to domestic manufacturers and importers, the release says.
The consultation period is open from Jan. 21 to Feb. 21.