Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Dairy council challenges OMAFRA

The Ontario Dairy Council is taking the government to an appeal before the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Appeal Tribunal.

The tribunal has posted notice of a public hearing Dec. 16 at the tribunal hearing room at OMAFRA head office in Guelph.

The appeal is against a decision of the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission and, while no details are provided in the notice of appeal, it’s likely over jug packaging for the marketing of milk.

The commission has given the green light for a trial, but the commission wants all retailers, not just one, to be allowed to participate.

The Dairy Farmers of Ontario milk marketing board is opposed to the proposal because it believes milk consumption would decline if it’s offered in three-litre jugs instead of four-litre pouch packs.