In a quick about-face, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency revoked a directive stating that Israeli wines cannot be labeled as “made in Israel” if they are produced beyond the pre-1967 armistice line.
Today, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) revoked a directive stating that Israeli goods cannot be labeled as “made in Israel” if they are produced beyond the pre-1967 armistice line.
The directive was sent to the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) and was communicated by the LCBO to sacramental wine vendors in a letter asking them to “discontinue any importations or sales” of certain wines pending resolution of the matter.
In revoking the directive, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirmed that it will not require these wineries to relabel their goods.
In a statement, David J. Cape, CIJA Chair, said “We commend the Government of Canada for quickly revoking this directive which is at odds with Canada’s policy. Like many in our community, we were alarmed that this decision was taken. Such guidelines undermine the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement that has benefited Canadians for twenty years. It also sought to impose a unique, punitive standard on Israelis that the Government has consistently rejected. We thank the Government of Canada for its rapid action in resolving this matter, and for reaffirming the strength of the Canada-Israel relationship.”