Federal Court of Appeal sends West Bank wine-labelling case back to Canadian Food Inspection Agency

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May 17, 2021 – The Federal Court of Appeal has sent a dispute, concerning whether wine produced in the West Bank was properly labelled a product of Israel, back to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, after it found the Federal Court had not followed the post-Vavilov reasonableness standard of review.

The labelling of Psagot Winery was first challenged at the CFIA by Dr. David Kattenburg, who argued the wine was produced in Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, not in the state of Israel. Initially, the CFIA agreed with Kattenburg but then reversed its decision. Kattenburg appealed to the CFIA Complaints and Appeals Office. The Appeals office found that, since the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement defines areas where Israeli customs are applied – such as the West Bank – as Israeli territory, the wine was properly labelled as a product of Israel. Law Times reports. | READ MORE