Are You Paying the Wrong Price For a Popular Food Item in Mississauga?
Were you recently pleasantly surprised to come across some uniquely affordable pasta at your local grocery store? If so, you might have stumbled across some allegedly "unfairly priced" pasta—and other pasta companies are not happy about it.
The Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) recently announced that it is launching an investigation into whether or not certain dry wheat pasta products originating in or exported from Turkey are being sold at "unfair prices" in Canada.
The CBSA says it will also investigate whether or not subsidies are being applied to certain dry wear pasta products from Turkey.
The CBSA says the investigations are the result of a complaint filed by the Ottawa-based Canadian Pasta Manufacturers Association (CPMA). The CPMA is comprised of three members that manufacture similar products, namely Italpasta Limited, Primo Foods Inc. and Grisspasta Products Ltd.
The complainant has said that as a result of the alleged price undercutting from Turkey,
"Canadian industry faces lost production, lost sales, price depression, loss of employment, and reduced profitability."
Perhaps that cheap pasta won't be quite so economical once the alleged scandal is uncovered?
As for the suspicious pasta, the CBSA says the goods are described as all dry wheat-based pasta that's not stuffed or otherwise prepared.
The CBSA and the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) will both play a role in the investigations, with the CITT launching a preliminary inquiry to determine whether the imports are harming Canadian producers. It will issue a decision by February 26, 2018.
The CBSA will investigate whether the imports are being sold in Canada at unfair and/or subsidized prices, and will make a preliminary decision by March 28, 2018.