In an effort to strengthen ties between Canada and Israel and show solidarity with Israeli producers, CIJA was proud to visit Psagot Winery to tour the vineyard and meet with its staff. Joining us for the visit was the Member of Parliament for York Centre, Michael Levitt.
Psagot Winery, which, because it is located beyond the pre-1967 armistice line, was the subject of controversy here in Ontario due to an edict of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).
After learning about a CFIA directive stating that Israeli goods produced beyond the 1967 armistice line cannot be labeled as “made in Israel”, CIJA immediately made contact with the offices of the Minister of International Trade and Global Affairs Canada.
We quickly discovered that the directive, which is at odds with government policy, was mistakenly issued at the bureaucratic level with no direction from political staff or the Minister, and consequently the directive was promptly withdrawn.
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