Amendment to O. Reg. 354/95 (Milk and Farm Separated Cream – Marketing) under the Milk Act
O. Reg. 354/95
Regulation - Other
Bill or Act:
Summary of Decision:
Amending Regulation O. Reg 115/11 was filed on April 12, 2011. The amendments to O. Reg. 354/95 (Milk and Farm Separated Cream - Marketing) provide additional authority under the Milk Act to the Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) to make regulations concerning the Canadian Quality Milk program, the licencing of Ontario milk producers under the program and penalties related to non-compliance.
February 10, 2011
Summary of Proposal:
The Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission (the “Commission”) has approved amending O. Reg 354/95 to provide additional authority under the Milk Act to the Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) to make regulations making it a mandatory term and condition of a dairy producer license, that the producer be registered with the Canadian Quality Milk (CQM) program or meet specific CQM program requirements. In addition, the proposed amendments would provide for the imposition of penalties, after a hearing, if a producer failed to comply with such licensing regulations.
In broad terms, O. Reg. 354/95 outlines the powers of the local board through delegation by the Commission under the Milk Act. The proposed amendment would provide DFO with authority to make regulations under section 7(1), paragraphs 2 and 6 of the Milk Act.
All provinces, through Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC), have committed to implement the national CQM Program. The program was designed by DFC, as a national program, in recognition of growing consumer interest in food safety. The program is an on-farm food safety program designed to help producers prevent, monitor and reduce food safety risks.
Farm Products Marketing Commission
1 Stone Road West, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 4Y2
April 12, 2011