Statement by MP Michael Levitt on Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s Error and Reversal on Labelling of Israeli Wines:
I was shocked and deeply concerned after reading the letter from the LCBO regarding the discontinuation of the sale of products from two Israeli wineries, as a result of a notice issued by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).
This action was completely at odds with both the Government’s longstanding close relationship with the State of Israel and our focus on broadening the Canada-Israel trade relationship, such as the upcoming ratification of an expanded Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement.
I am pleased to confirm that as of this afternoon, the CFIA has rescinded the letter and their advisory to the LCBO, apologized for this error, and stipulated that the targeted wines and wineries should continue to be sold as normal.
I would like to thank the Government of Canada for their quick efforts in resolving this matter, as soon as the error at CFIA was discovered. I would also like to acknowledge the work of CIJA, B’nai Brith Canada, and the Canadian Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre for their continued advocacy on behalf of the Jewish Community.
Whether in times of crisis or celebration, I will always be a strong voice for the Jewish community in a government that is committed to the friendship and unwavering bond between Canada and Israel, and I will continuously work towards building and strengthening the bond between our two countries. As a testament to this, I will be traveling to Israel later this month and look forward to connecting with both wineries to demonstrate my support.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) statement can be found here.