By Eugene Kontorovich
July 17, 2017
An important battle just played out in Canada at the intersection of geopolitical territorial disputes and international trade law. The issue was the labeling of Israel products produced in the West Bank (Judea and Samaria). On July 6, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) issued a notice that wines produced in this region cannot be labeled “Made in Israel,” as they had long been.
Within a day, the Canadian government reversed the decision, and in doing made an important statement about such labeling controversies, which have been cropping up around the world. Canada’s decision to repeal its short-lived ban on “Made in Israel” labels for such products should give impetus to the United States to reexamine its labeling policy.