Down & Waterfowl Feather Products Labelling (CANADA)

Source: GUIDE TO THE LABELLING OF DOWN & FEATHER
Government of Canada, March 2000

Commercial Down: Plumage that conforms to the following composition requirements:

down and plumules : 75% minimum
waterfowl feathers not more than 60 mm in length : 25% maximum
waterfowl feather fibre and down fibre : 20% maximum
residue (including landfowl feather and landfowl feather fibre) : 5% maximum
where the components referred to in paragraph (b) to (d) do not exceed 25% of the plumage.

The declaration "down" may not indicate by words or numbers "100%" and the following statement must appear: "NOTE: This product contains an amount of feathers not exceeding that allowable by law"

Down & Waterfowl Feather Blends

Commercial Waterfowl Feather: Plumage that conforms to the following composition requirements:

waterfowl feathers, waterfowl feather fibre, down and down fiber : 95% minimum
residue (including landfowl feather and landfowl feather fibre) : 5% maximum

Bird of Origin Whenever bird of origin is stated the plumage must be at least 90% of the stated bird.
(SPECIE) For example, a product labelled "goose down" must contain at least 90% goose plumage.

PROVINCIAL REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the Federal requirements stated above, additional label text is required in the Provinces of QUEBEC, MANITOBA & ONTARIO.

Label Required

Down
Down & Waterfowlfeathers
Waterfowl Feathers & Down
Waterfowl Feathers.

Minimum Blend

Down
51 / 49
20 / 80
n / a

Minimum Actual Down by Weight

Minimum down 75.0%
Minimum down 38.25
Minimum down 15.0%
Less than 15% down

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