Following the revoking of the Regulation respecting fresh fruits and vegetables, effective since August 4th, certain producers from Quebec voiced their displeasure at the disappearance of the mandatory identification of fruits and vegetables coming from Quebec.

On Wednesday August 10th, Mr. Pierre Paradis, minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ) announced that he intends to reintroduce the measure (in French only). For now, he has not specified when it would be reintroduced and what would be the exact nature of the measure.

The minister will use the Sommet sur l'alimentation this fall to establish a consensus aligned with the concerns of every actor in the food industry regarding origin of products identification, as well as issues regarding labeling, transparency and consumers trust.

Our sources in MAPAQ told us that the disappearance of the obligation to identify the country of origin of fruits and vegetables that are not similar to those grown in Quebec would remain (for example, pineapples).

Please note that the revoking of the Regulation respecting fresh fruits and vegetables is maintained. To learn more about the regulation applied until the measure of the mandatory identification of fruits and vegetables coming from Quebec is reintroduced, please see the analysis prepared by Carole Fortin, Director of government relations and public affairs, Grocery division.

Next steps:
• Follow closely further developments on the issue
• Respond to all questions asked during the transition period

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact Carole Fortin, Director of government relations and public affairs, Grocery division at [email protected] or 514-316-7813