Dairy Farmers welcome the Government's proposed amendments to cheese standards



    OTTAWA, June 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) welcomes the
Government's proposed changes to regulations concerning cheese, published in
the Canada Gazette on June 16, 2007. This is a step in the right direction and
a good basis to ensure consistency and integrity of all cheese in Canada.
    "Essentially, this proposal will ensure Canadians consumers consistently
get what they expect in terms of taste, texture and flavour when they buy any
variety of cheese anywhere in Canada," said Jacques Laforge, DFC President.
    This will be accomplished by resolving the current ambiguity between the
Food and Drug Regulation (FDR) and the Dairy Products Regulation (DPR) with
respect to compositional standards for cheese and ensure Canadian consumers
know exactly what they are getting: cheese made from milk.
    DFC welcomes the proposed regulations with some reservations and
questions about technical details, which we will clarify with the Canadian
Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) throughout the 75-day consultation process.
    DFC continues to believe that the proposed approach will benefit all
consumers and will not necessitate increased costs.
    Most countries with a reputation for great cheese-making tradition have
very strict standards. The federal government has taken its responsibility to
ensure identity standards for cheese will maintain consumer confidence and
uphold Canada's reputation for manufacturing quality cheese.

    For more information on Canadian standards for cheese, visit
www.realcheese.ca.




For further information:

For further information: Thérèse Beaulieu, Assistant Director of
Communications, (613) 236-9997, ext. 251, tbeaulieu@dfc-plc.ca; Annie
Desrosiers, Communications Coordinator, (613) 236-9997, ext. 260,
adesrosiers@dfc-plc.ca

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