Thursday, February 26, 2015

Quebec loses last appeal on margarines

Quebec has lost its last appeal against an interprovincial trade panel’s decision on restrictions for sales of vegetable oil-based dairy products in the province.

An appellate panel, convened under the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT), has upheld the original decision last spring in favour of Saskatchewan’s challenge against Quebec’s former Food Products Act.

Saskatchewan says it has now “won all aspects” of its case dairy blends, dairy analogues and dairy alternatives.

Saskatchewan said the ruling reiterates that barriers against production and sale of vegetable oil-based products in Quebec are to be removed, thus allowing producers and processors to “freely sell their products in Quebec.”

Quebec depends heavily on the dairy industry and Saskatchewan is Canada’s largest producer of canola which is crushed to yield vegetable oil.