Canada’s dairy producers says Ottawa must enforce existing rules governing how much real milk is included in cheese products across the country.
Stakeholders in Canada’s dairy industry say a U.S. protein known as diafiltered milk is being used improperly in cheese products as actual milk, costing them tens of thousands of dollars a year.
Milk from outside Canada has a heavy tariff imposed on it in order to protect the country’s domestic dairy industry. Diafiltered milk, however, is not considered actual milk and therefore enters Canada traiff-free from the United States.
Canada’s dairy producers are upset because cheese companies are using the cheap, tariff-free milk protein to satisfy the actual milk requirement in their cheeses.
(The Canadian Press)