Press Release: Federal Court of Appeal rules on wine-labelling case, disagrees with lower court decision, refers case back to Canada Food Inspection Agency

May 5, 2021 | Press Releases


May 5, 2021

OTTAWA, ON – Today, the Federal Court of Appeal rendered its decision in Canada (Attorney General) v. Kattenburg, a case dealing with wine-labeling in the West Bank. In its decision, the Court referred the case back to the Complaints and Appeals Office (CAO) of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

In response, Shimon Koffler Fogel, President and CEO of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), issued the following:

“We are not surprised that the Federal Court of Appeal disagreed with the lower court decision and sent the case back to Complaints and Appeals Office (CAO) of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. In the ruling, the Court clearly stated that the CFIA is “not bound by the Federal Court judge’s reasons” and that the Federal Court Judge “should not have embarked on the Agency’s Task” of interpreting the legislation that the CFIA is called upon to apply.

“We will continue to follow the case and make our own submission to the CAO as it goes through the process of reconsideration and redetermination. CIJA believes that current labelling practices are fully consistent with the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement, as well as Canadian and international law.

“We know this case is part of a broader campaign to boycott Israel and Israeli goods. Until there is a final status agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, wines produced under the authority and regulatory framework of Israel should be labelled accordingly.

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The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA

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