Ice Wine : three NPD MPS Sub­mit Brief to Cana­dian Food In­spec­tion Agency

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Dun­ham

NewDemo­crat MPS Pierre Ja­cob (Brome– Missisquoi), Lau­rin Liu (Riv­ière-des-milleÎles) and Jean Rousseau (Comp­ton–stanstead) are sub­mit­ting a brief to­day to the Cana­dian Food In­spec­tion Agency (CFIA) re­gard­ing pro­posed changes to ice wine la­belling in Canada. They are in favour of an in­clu­sive def­i­ni­tion that would take into ac­count pro­duc­tion tech­niques in Que­bec that re­flect the na­ture of the cli­mate and have no ef­fect on the char­ac­ter­is­tics or qual­i­ties of the prod­uct.

Ac­cord­ing to the def­i­ni­tion pro­posed by the CFIA, only “grapes nat­u­rally frozen on the vine” can be la­belled as ice wine, which would ex­clude a large pro­por­tion of Que­bec pro­duc­ers who use dif­fer­ent tech­niques be­cause of the cli­mate.

“We feel no one should be left be­hind by the Cana­dian gov­ern­ment be­cause of the harsh cli­mate in cer­tain parts of the coun­try,” wrote the NDP MPS. “Que­bec ice wines cor­re­spond on all points to in­ter­na­tional qual­ity stan-

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