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    Modernization of Regulations for Fruit & Vegetables, Honey and Maple Syrup

    The Ontario government's Open for Business strategy is an ongoing plan to make government faster and friendlier for businesses. One part of the strategy is the government's commitment to reducing the regulatory burden on stakeholders. As part of this initiative, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs is seeking stakeholder input on its proposal to modernize the provincial regulations governing the grading and marketing of fruit and vegetables, honey and maple products.

    A notice of the proposal is posted on the government's Regulatory Registry at: http://www.ontariocanada.com/registry. Click on "Current proposals" on the right hand column.

    The Registry posting provides a link to an OMAFRA webpage where the stakeholder information paper and relevant legislation is available. Comments and feedback from all interested parties is welcome. The information paper provides a more fulsome description of the proposal and sets out the ways feedback can be submitted to the ministry.

    a) Regulation 378 – Grades – Fruit and Vegetables

    OMAFRA proposes to develop an updated fruit and vegetable regulation under the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001 (FSQA) to replace the current Regulation 378 – Grades – Fruit and Vegetables under the Farm Products Grades and Sales Act (FPGSA). The focus of the new regulation would be on food safety and protection against economic fraud.

    The proposed regulation under the FSQA would clarify food safety standards; maintain economic fraud protection measures; harmonize labelling requirements with federal requirements where appropriate; and eliminate grade, packing and packaging standards. OMAFRA's goal is to remove existing barriers to allow Ontario's fruit and vegetable packers to be more responsive to customer demands for new products or packaging.

    All comments and feedback must be received on or before August 8, 2010. For additional information and to request paper copies of the proposal please contact:

    Wayne Patterson

    Food Safety and Environmental Policy Branch

    1 Stone Rd W, 2nd Floor SW, Guelph ON N1G 4Y2

    Phone: 519-826-4599

    Toll free: 1-888-466-2372, ext. 6-4599

    Fax: 519-826-3492

    wayne.patterson@ontario.ca

    b) Regulation 384 – Honey

    OMAFRA proposes to develop an updated honey regulation under the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001 (FSQA) to replace the current Regulation 384 under the Farm Products Grades and Sales Act (FPGSA).

    The proposed regulation under the FSQA would clarify the food safety standards that would apply to honey, retain the economic fraud measures and harmonize the labelling requirements with the federal requirements where appropriate.

    OMAFRA is seeking feedback on whether to eliminate the grade standards for honey or to adopt the federal grade standards and whether to make their use mandatory or optional. Feedback is also sought on whether to eliminate the packing and packaging standards for honey or to require compliance with the federal packing and packaging standards.

    All comments and feedback must be received on or before August 8, 2010. For additional information and to request paper copies of the proposal please contact:

    Wayne Patterson

    Food Safety and Environmental Policy Branch

    1 Stone Rd W, 2nd Floor SW, Guelph ON N1G 4Y2

    Phone: 519-826-4599

    Toll free: 1-888-466-2372, ext. 6-4599

    Fax: 519-826-3492

    wayne.patterson@ontario.ca

    c) Regulation 386 – Maple Products

    OMAFRA is seeking stakeholder input on its proposal to modernize its Regulation 386 – Maple Products.

    The ministry proposes the elimination of standardized container sizes and the harmonization with federal grade standards as they may be changed in the future. The proposed provincial regulation would reference federal standards, a flexible approach that would allow automatic adoption of federal changes if and when they occur. Provincial grade names would also be changed to use the prefix "Ontario" instead of "Canada" since the federal grade names can only be used by federally registered producers. The regulation would continue to focus on food safety and economic fraud protection.

    Comments and feedback from all interested parties must be received on or before July 16, 2010.

    For additional information and to request paper copies of the proposal please contact:

    Aida Valois

    Legislative Policy Analyst

    Food Safety and Environmental Policy Branch

    1 Stone Rd W, 2nd Floor SW, Guelph ON N1G4Y2

    Phone: 519-826-3701

    Fax: 519-826-3492

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