Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tribunal chicken decision published

The decision to adjourn an appeal by independent chicken processors seeking chicken supplies to meet specialty-market demand has been published this week.

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Appeal Tribunal declined a bid by the Association of Ontario Chicken Processors to dismiss the appeal, noting that the Chicken Farmers of Ontario marketing board has yet to implement its specialty-markets policy.

During the public hearing, the chicken board and the large-processor organization argued that the specialty-markets policy under appeal is undergoing substantial revisions to bring it in line with national-agency policies.

They said the old policy would be withdrawn or substantially changed before the end of July.

But the tribunal noted that the policy was still in place when the appeal was launched and decided to adjourn, awaiting the outcome of the promise to revamp or withdraw the old policy before the end of July.

There have been no indications on the chicken board’s website or from its information services that the policy has been withdrawn or revamped.

The chicken board has failed to respond to requests for information about its handling of five applications to supply the kosher market in Ontario.