At long last, margarine freedom
July 11, 2008 1:05 AM Subscribe
Quebec Margarine War Ends! For 21 years Quebec has regulated the colour of margarine, insisting it be distinctly lighter or distinctly darker than butter... The stated reason has been to protect consumers from unscrupulous restaurateurs selling margarine as butter. The real reason was to protect the province's politically influential dairy industry.
However, yellow margarine may soon be allowed in Quebec grocery stores after the province's cabinet quietly agreed to change a 21-year old law that forbids any coloured form of the oily spread to be sold in La Belle Province. Quebec has decided to butter up margarine critics
, despite concerns the colour change could lead to confusion among consumers.
Detailed backgrounder here
, and here
, with interesting subheaders such as Margarine debate handed to provinces
and Margarine companies fight back