Canadian retailers are told by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, not to import Psagot, Shilo wineries’ spirits, or any wine made from grapes grown, processed and blended in Judea and Samaria that are labeled as “Made in Israel” as it “misleads” consumers.
Efrat Forsher and Israel Hayom Staff
A major Canadian agency announced Thursday that it would no longer allow retailers to import wine made in Israeli settlement in Judea and Samaria.
According to the Jewish Press, the Liquor Control Board of Ontario cited the position of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency stating that wine made from grapes grown, fermented, processed and blended in Judea and Samaria may no longer be labeled as “Made in Israel,” over concerns it “misleads” consumers.
According to the food agency, the Canadian government does not recognize Israel’s sovereignty over territories seized during the 1967 Six-Day War, namely Judea and Samaria, east Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. “As such, wine products from these regions that are labeled as ‘Product of Israel’ would not be acceptable and would be considered misleading as per subsection 5(1) of the Food and Drug Act,” the CFIA said.
The Liquor Control Board of Ontario said it was “currently working with CFIA on an action plan to ensure compliance with the notification going forward.”
Canadian retailers were also asked to stop importing spirits from two specific wineries — Psagot Winery in Psagot, north of Jerusalem, and Shilo Winery, in the Mateh Binyamin Regional Council — and to remove all Psagot and Shilo wines from store shelves.
Psagot Winery owner Yaakov Berg criticized the decision, saying, “We are living in our homeland, where our ancestors made wine, and we continue with the same ancient tradition in Judea and Samaria by virtue of our historical right.”
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Canadian government reversed the decision