Wine sold in Canada must be accurately labelled

vin2.pngMontreal, July 13, 2017  — The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has issued a warning concerning the mislabelling of wines from Israeli colonies (aka “settlements”) as products of Israel. CFIA clarified that these grapes are “grown, fermented, processed, blended, and finished in the West Bank occupied territory,” – territories never attributed or recognized as being part of Israel proper. Following the CFIA report, the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) discontinued the importation of these mislabelled wines, with remaining bottles to be removed from store shelves.  CJPME commends CFIA for its decision to ensure rigor, transparency, and compliance in regards to the labeling of wines coming from the Middle East, specifically the occupied Palestinian territories (OPT.)

CFIA highlighted that “the government of Canada does not recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the territories occupied in 1967 (the Golan Heights, the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.)” CJPME President Thomas Woodley added, “Canadian institutions should not legitimize companies operating and trading illegally inside military occupied land.  By refusing to approve such trade, Canada upholds its own legal obligations, and also stands to make a humanitarian difference in the lives of Palestinian civilians living under occupation.”

CJPME points out that UN Security Council resolution 2334 (December 2016)