Standing policy: Marketing and Trade
Fresh fruit and vegetable grade standards (08-05)
WHEREAS; the greenhouse vegetable industry continues to remain sustainable by adding value and new products based on marketplace demand; however, the current grade standards force some of our products to be labeled as No. 2 because they do not fit the current grade definitions (mini-cucumbers, tomatoes on the vine, and cocktail tomatoes); and
WHEREAS; the OGVG is working with the CFIA on test markets of mini-cucumbers and tomatoes on the vine to permit the marketing of these commodities while the regulatory amendment process permanently changes the grade standards which is extremely time-consuming and resource intensive for government; and
WHEREAS; new products are continually being developed that will require further test markets.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the OFVGA continue to work with the OGVG, OPMA, and CHC to ensure timely changes to the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations and request that the CFIA work towards making the necessary regulatory and legislative changes to allow the referencing of documents outside of regulations that contain, for example, grade standards, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Federal government be requested to make any necessary changes to streamline and expedite the ability to publish referenced documents where full industry support for changes has been indicated.
Mandatory country of origin labels (COOL) on imported produce (09-03)
WHEREAS Canada has many different countries importing product into its supply chain; and
WHEREAS Canadian producers need to be responsible for Country of Origin labels on our product;
THEREFORE be it resolved that the CHC aggressively pursue the requirement for COOL labeling on imported produce.
Market access/retention program proposal (07-11)
WHEREAS the USDA programming includes the “Market Access Program (MAP)” which provides funds to agricultural organizations for export market development including Canada, and
WHEREAS Canadian producers are disadvantaged as there is no equivalent program available in Canada, and
WHEREAS MAP funding is being used to aggressively capture market share displacing the Canadian production.
THEREFORE be it resolved that the OFVGA and CHC aggressively lobby to Canadian government for a Canadian Market Access Program designed to provide funding for export market development as well as domestic market retention.
Need for enforcement of zero tolerance at the Canadian border (08-03)
WHEREAS; with the global trade of produce, there is an increase in the potential of new invasive pests and pathogens to become established in the Canadian agriculture systems.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the OFVGA work with the OGVG and CHC to ensure that the CFIA and the Canadian Border Services Agency enforces zero tolerance for new, invasive pests and pathogens as well as for pesticide residues in harmonization with the U.S., and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that such resources be used to monitor imports for pesticide residues and microbial pathogens to ensure that imports are compliant with Health Canada’s Directives on pesticide residue limits and Health Canada’s desire to prevent food borne illness.
Ontario Market Investment Fund (OMIF) (2012-12)
WHEREAS the OMIF Program is scheduled to end on March 31, 2012; and
WHEREAS the OMIF Program has been highly successful and beneficial to Ontario’s agricultural producers for the promotion and market development of their fresh and processed products; and
WHEREAS the OMIF Program has been very complimentary to the Buy Local Food Movement;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the OFVGA strongly lobby the Ontario government for the extension and expansion of the OMIF program.
Returnable plastic shipping containers (PRSC) and the FPCA fees (99-10)
WHEREAS the fresh fruit and vegetable industry has been involved in the introduction of returnable plastic shipping containers (RPSC), and
WHEREAS a number of retailers have signed on with third party providers for the use of RPSC’s, and
WHEREAS the use of RPSC’s will impact on the finances of the association, and
WHEREAS it will be important for the association to receive funding from a RPSC program.
THEREFORE be it resolved that the membership agrees to pay the container fee on the use of RPSC’s and
BE IT FURTHER resolved that the OFVGA Board of Directors discuss this with the various third party providers and other industry members as soon as possible.