Saputo is suing the British Columbia milk marketing board
for $100,000 in the province’s Supreme Court.
Saputo claims $65,000 for a shipment of 17,784 litres of
milk delivered in August, 2013, from Chilliwack Cattle Co.
It claims another $26,000 for a shipment of 120.029 litres
from an organic farm that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency detained because
it suspected feed was contaminated.
On closer inspection,
it turned out fine, but Saputo made its claim on the basis that the delay
reduced the value of the milk.
And then Saputo refused to take delivery from Chilliwack
Cattle Company after sensational news coverage of underground video shot for
Mercy for Animals.
Chilliwack Dairy Co. subsequently pleaded guilty and faced a
record-high fine for abusing animals.
Saputo is complaining to the court that it can only buy milk
from the marketing board, meaning It can’t reject milk from farms it does not
I find it more than a little ironic that Saputo would complain about Chilliwack Cattle Co. hurting its reputation when a book has documented Saputo's dealings with the Montreal Mafia.