Juice from China in kids' drinking boxes?



    TORONTO, Sept. 6 /CNW/ - Where does the juice concentrate in kids'
drinking boxes come from? Answers to that question from manufacturers of fruit
drinks are being posted on the Norfolk County agriculture website at
www.norfolkfarms.com.
    China shipped more than $27 million worth of apple juice concentrate to
Canada last year. Imports of apple juice from China have grown 69% since 2003.
    Canadian fruit drink manufacturers imported more than $640 million worth
of all types of juice last year, up 22% from 2004.
    About 12 fruit drink manufacturers were contacted, including a producer
of apple ciders based in Norfolk County. Four companies have responded so far.
The Norfolk County company, The Cider Keg, was the only manufacturer to
explain that its juices are pressed from local apples.
    "When Canadian parents pack their children's lunches each morning, they
should know where the food comes from," said Norfolk County Mayor Dennis
Travale. "Food grown in Canada is subject to strict health and safety
regulations. Imported food and ingredients may not be as safe."
    Norfolk County is Ontario's fifth largest agricultural region, producing
much of the fruit and vegetables that are sold in the province's grocery
stores. Norfolk County has partnered with its farmers to promote consumption
of local produce and is asking consumers to "Know Where Your Food Comes From".

    For more information or a copy of the Norfolk County cookbook, call
1-800-699-9038 or visit www.norfolkfarms.com





For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Dennis Travale, Mayor, Norfolk
County, Phone: (519) 426-5870 ext. 1220; Clark Hoskin, Manager, Tourism &
Economic Development, Norfolk County, Phone: (519) 426-5870 ext. 1238

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