Thursday, November 14, 2013

Wynne weighs in on package sizing

Ontario Premier and Agriculture Minister Kathleen Wynne has joined the lobby against the federal government’s proposal to deregulate the sizing of food packaging.

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has announced his intention to allow the food-processing industry to use any package size they wish, ending decades of regulation restricting their choices to standard sizes.

Wynne said she has lobbied Ritz during federal-provincial meetings of agriculture ministers, pointing out that his proposal is widely opposed within the industry.

“Represented by the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Processors Association, the Alliance of Ontario Food Processors and Food Processors of Canada, the industry said that this project would have disastrous consequences for the sustained processing sector competitiveness and food packaging in Canada and would include job losses and plant closures,” Wynne says in a statement recently issued from her office.

She also notes that the Ontario Association of Municipalities is also opposed to Ritz’s proposal.

Meanwhile she has done nothing to ensure that Ontario chicken can be produced to meet the demand for kosher and Hong Kong dressed birds or to investigate the inappropriate collection of levies by the egg marketing board on eggs that do not qualify as Grade A large.