Do you know where your food comes from?
One of our national newspapers reported last weekend that two Leamington-based food suppliers were fined millions of dollars for selling counterfeit produce. The firms in question were repackaging and relabeling large quantities of peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers primarily from Mexico and selling them to Costco, Loblaws and Sobeys as “product of Canada” produce.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency fined Mucci Pac and Mucci International $1.5 million, while the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetables Growers levied another $3.2 million in fines against the companies. With more and more people seeking out and buying locally grown food, it’s not surprising that a few unscrupulous firms are looking to cash in on the “buy local” movement.
While troublesome for health- and environmentally-conscious food shoppers, CFIA assures us that the vast majority of food producers/wholesalers are ethical and not out to be fraudulent. Nonetheless, they do advise people to be vigilant.
If it’s local you’re after, you can also come to the next Millbrook Farmers’ Market on Sunday, June 25, 10:00am to 1:00pm at the Old Millbrook School grounds. If you haven’t already, you will meet our local producers who grow, raise, harvest and make a spectacular selection of products right here in our township and surrounding county.
Local guitarist Douglas MacKenzie will entertain market-goers with the best of folk. StoryTree for Kids begins at 11:00am under the tree and the Millbrook Public Library will once again host their popular book sale.
By Leni Rautiainen