Ontario official assists in organic turkey conflict
Disagreement centers on rules for raising turkeys
Ontario's Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Leona Dombrowsky, is getting involved in the disagreement between conflicting rules for raising organic turkeys, according to reports.
Turkey Farmers of Ontario (TFO) states turkeys must be confined indoors to protect against avian influenza from wild birds. This contradicts the Canadian Food and Inspection Agency (CFIA) mandate that organic birds be raised outdoors. The disagreement could cost some farmers their organic certification.
Dombrowsky has asked the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission to work with the involved agencies to accommodate the free-range organic production of turkeys.