April 6, 1939

CON

John Ritchie MacNicol

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MacNICOL:

We will suppose a Canadian importer imports a million cans of canned fish from Japan, or some other foreign country. After the cans of fish arrive in Canada, is there any section in the act which will prevent the importer from removing from the ' cans the labels signifying the country of origin, and then putting on labels intimating that the fish in the cans was packed in Canada?

Topic:   MEAT AND CANNED FOODS ACT
Subtopic:   REGULATION S RESPECTING FRESH OR FROZEN LOBSTER MEAT-LABELLING OF IMPORTED CANNED FISH
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LIB

Joseph Enoil Michaud (Minister of Fisheries)

Liberal

Mr. MICHAUD:

Yes. Of course there is no method of controlling this bootlegging until it is found out. But under the provisions of the act it is clearly indicated that fish canned in Canada must show on the outside of the can the place of origin, and conspicuously show by whom it is put up. In connection with the business of canning fish, as in many other businesses, a certain amount of bootlegging is done, and we can punish the offenders only when they are caught.

Topic:   MEAT AND CANNED FOODS ACT
Subtopic:   REGULATION S RESPECTING FRESH OR FROZEN LOBSTER MEAT-LABELLING OF IMPORTED CANNED FISH
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CON

John Ritchie MacNicol

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MacNICOL:

Some days ago I read that a considerable quantity of Argentine meat is coming into Canada in cans. On its arrival in Canada, a Canadian distributor affixes labels intimating that the meat is the product of Canada, whereas, as a matter of fact, it was really packed in the Argentine. Could such a thing take place in connection with canned fish?

Topic:   MEAT AND CANNED FOODS ACT
Subtopic:   REGULATION S RESPECTING FRESH OR FROZEN LOBSTER MEAT-LABELLING OF IMPORTED CANNED FISH
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LIB

Joseph Enoil Michaud (Minister of Fisheries)

Liberal

Mr. MICHAUD:

To a certain extent, when some unscrupulous dealers remove the labels, after the fish has been imported, and place on the cans labels intimating that the goods

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have been produced in Canada. But such procedure is against the law, and when it is [DOT]detected it is punished.

Topic:   MEAT AND CANNED FOODS ACT
Subtopic:   REGULATION S RESPECTING FRESH OR FROZEN LOBSTER MEAT-LABELLING OF IMPORTED CANNED FISH
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CON

David Spence

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPENCE:

There is a heavy penalty for it. Surely an importer could not do it and get away with it. It is up to the department to see that he does not do it.

Topic:   MEAT AND CANNED FOODS ACT
Subtopic:   REGULATION S RESPECTING FRESH OR FROZEN LOBSTER MEAT-LABELLING OF IMPORTED CANNED FISH
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Thomas Miller Bell

Mr. COLD WELL:

I was wondering if there was anything in the act which would have the effect of standardizing the type of can used. In the Department of Agriculture there is legislation respecting certain sizes of cheeses; butter has to be of a certain weight, and so on. It seems to me that in order to save the reputation of Canadian goods we might well consider adopting some type of standardization. A purchaser may buy a can of fish but might not look at the wrapper to see the small print stating what the can contained. I believe the sale of our products would be helped considerably if as a country we adopted a standard can for goods of this description.

Topic:   MEAT AND CANNED FOODS ACT
Subtopic:   REGULATION S RESPECTING FRESH OR FROZEN LOBSTER MEAT-LABELLING OF IMPORTED CANNED FISH
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LIB

Joseph Enoil Michaud (Minister of Fisheries)

Liberal

Mr. MICHAUD:

We have regulations providing for sizes, depending upon the weight of the contents. There are eighths, quarters, halves and pounds.

Topic:   MEAT AND CANNED FOODS ACT
Subtopic:   REGULATION S RESPECTING FRESH OR FROZEN LOBSTER MEAT-LABELLING OF IMPORTED CANNED FISH
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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. COLDWELL:

That is in the act?

Topic:   MEAT AND CANNED FOODS ACT
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LIB

Joseph Enoil Michaud (Minister of Fisheries)

Liberal

Mr. MICHAUD:

Yes. .

Topic:   MEAT AND CANNED FOODS ACT
Subtopic:   REGULATION S RESPECTING FRESH OR FROZEN LOBSTER MEAT-LABELLING OF IMPORTED CANNED FISH
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LIB

Joseph Léon Vital Mallette

Liberal

Mr. MALLETTE:

I have been supplied with a can of fish, marked "packed in Japan." The label bears the name "Birks Crawford Limited, Vancouver." I send this to the minister for his attention.

Topic:   MEAT AND CANNED FOODS ACT
Subtopic:   REGULATION S RESPECTING FRESH OR FROZEN LOBSTER MEAT-LABELLING OF IMPORTED CANNED FISH
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LIB

Joseph Enoil Michaud (Minister of Fisheries)

Liberal

Mr. MICHAUD:

There is nothing against that. Any person may import fish from another country. It is indicated on the can that the fish was canned in Japan. There is further indication as to the kind of fish, the weight and where it was put up. That cannot be helped. People import from foreign countries goods to be sold in this country. That is how we have trade relations with other countries; there must be an exchange of goods.

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LIB

Joseph Léon Vital Mallette

Liberal

Mr. MALLETTE:

I have not blamed anybody or made any complaints, but the fact is that anybody buying such a can of fish will see the English label and will think it is a Canadian product. It may be said that it is Canadian goods packed in Japan, and so it is -but that is just the point.

Topic:   MEAT AND CANNED FOODS ACT
Subtopic:   REGULATION S RESPECTING FRESH OR FROZEN LOBSTER MEAT-LABELLING OF IMPORTED CANNED FISH
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LIB

Joseph Enoil Michaud (Minister of Fisheries)

Liberal

Mr. MICHAUD:

There is nothing in the law to compel the use of the Japanese language on the laJbel of goods imported into this country.

Topic:   MEAT AND CANNED FOODS ACT
Subtopic:   REGULATION S RESPECTING FRESH OR FROZEN LOBSTER MEAT-LABELLING OF IMPORTED CANNED FISH
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CCF

Abraham Albert Heaps

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. HEAPS:

What kind of fish is it?

Topic:   MEAT AND CANNED FOODS ACT
Subtopic:   REGULATION S RESPECTING FRESH OR FROZEN LOBSTER MEAT-LABELLING OF IMPORTED CANNED FISH
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LIB

Joseph Enoil Michaud (Minister of Fisheries)

Liberal

Mr. MICHAUD:

Tuna fish.

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Topic:   MEAT AND CANNED FOODS ACT
Subtopic:   REGULATION S RESPECTING FRESH OR FROZEN LOBSTER MEAT-LABELLING OF IMPORTED CANNED FISH
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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. COLDWELL:

Do the regulations with regard to the size of containers apply to cans imported from foreign countries?

Topic:   MEAT AND CANNED FOODS ACT
Subtopic:   REGULATION S RESPECTING FRESH OR FROZEN LOBSTER MEAT-LABELLING OF IMPORTED CANNED FISH
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LIB

Joseph Enoil Michaud (Minister of Fisheries)

Liberal

Mr. MICHAUD:

No.

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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. COLDWELL:

The Canadian canner

may ibe at a disadvantage because the Japanese tin obviously looks much smaller than the Canadian. You may find seven or eight ounces in the Canadian can, and only six or seven in the imported can. Can anything be done to regulate that?

Topic:   MEAT AND CANNED FOODS ACT
Subtopic:   REGULATION S RESPECTING FRESH OR FROZEN LOBSTER MEAT-LABELLING OF IMPORTED CANNED FISH
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LIB

Joseph Enoil Michaud (Minister of Fisheries)

Liberal

Mr. MICHAUD:

Not yet.

Topic:   MEAT AND CANNED FOODS ACT
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CCF

Abraham Albert Heaps

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. HEAPS:

I notice in this morning's paper that Japanese fish is being sold abroad with the letters CAN on the can. Naturally people are under the impression that these are Canadian goods. Of course, that is nothing new; I understand that Japanese goods are being sold with the letters USA on them. This sort of deception is practised in order to obtain markets abroad. Is there any means the department could adopt to overcome these practices which are obviously intended to deceive the people?

Topic:   MEAT AND CANNED FOODS ACT
Subtopic:   REGULATION S RESPECTING FRESH OR FROZEN LOBSTER MEAT-LABELLING OF IMPORTED CANNED FISH
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April 6, 1939