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Sylvain Charlebois: Death by overregulation

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13.05.2019

The regulation of food industries has always been necessary. In the Western world, successive governments have successfully played the anti-business card by implementing regulations so that consumers and the public at large feel someone is looking out for them. But at times, governments are known to flirt with populist measures in their attempt to gain popular support, and few will question whether regulatory programs can overburden an industry or hamper its ability to generate economic growth. But the delicate balance between protecting the public and supporting industrial growth of the sector in Canada may have reached a critical tipping point.

Over the years, our relentless pursuit for convenience as consumers has added more pressure on our regulators to act. Fast food, quick portable meals, ready-to-eat and ready-to-cook solutions are invading the market. And convenience often trumps two very important aspects of our lives, the environment and health. Both have received considerable consideration by our regulators, and rightly so. Plastics and chronic diseases abound. Action is needed, but some are starting to say that we may have already gone too far.

In the last decade,........

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