Consultation on Potential Changes to Provincial Maple Requirements

By Andrea Smallwood, Policy Advisor, Legislative Policy, Food Safety and Environmental Policy Branch, OMAFRA (andrea.smallwood@ontario.ca)

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) is considering making amendments to Ontario Regulation 119/11 Produce, Honey and Maple Products.

Changes could:

  • Make provincial grading, labelling and colour classification standards consistent with current federal requirements
  • Strengthen food safety
  • Enhance maple syrup quality
  • Support innovative products

OMAFRA is looking for feedback on the types of changes that would benefit and support the maple sector. You can provide input by:

In person (English sessions)                                                                   

  • June 10, 2015  6:30 pm to 8:30 pm     —        Elmira
  • June 16, 2015  6:30 pm to 8:30 pm     —        Moose Creek
  • June 17, 2015  6:30 pm to 8:30 pm     —        Perth
  • June 18, 2015  6:30 pm to 8:30 pm     —        Havelock
  • June 23, 2015  6:30 pm to 8:30 pm     —        Espanola
  • June 24, 2015  6:30 pm to 8:30 pm     —        Huntsville
  • June 25, 2015  6:30 pm to 8:30 pm     —        Stayner

In person (French session)

  • June 17, 2015 9:00 am to 11:00 am   —        Moose Creek

Teleconference /WebCast (English session)

  • June 19, 2015 11:00 am to  1:00pm

Contact the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 or ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca for meeting details and to register

Your advice, views and suggestions are important in ensuring that appropriate changes are considered.

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