Well, it looks like Canada is going to fight back on this one! LOL! National pride is at stake! Like the man says, if it's good enough for your/our Royalty, it should be good enough for commoners
.... 2 more weeks and I'll be scarfing them down!
Sask. minister in a jam over U.K. berry ban
Last Updated Tue, 08 Jun 2004 15:22:35
REGINA - A dispute over a little Canadian berry looked to be escalating into a major transatlantic jam on Tuesday, as Saskatchewan's agriculture minister threatened retaliation against the U.K. over a food warning.
Britain's Food Standard Agency has taken saskatoon berry products off store shelves and ordered a full pre-market safety evaluation, saying there's no evidence the berries are safe to eat.
Saskatchewan's agriculture minister Mark Wartman said the Royal Family eat saskatoons when they visit, and if the berries are good enough for the royals, they should be good enough for commoners.
FROM MAY 7, 2004: Britain plucks saskatoon berries from store shelves
Wartman said his government has written to the federal government asking for "steps to be taken."
But taking his cue from the famous Boston Tea Party that marked the American Revolution, he threatened more radical action could be taken in Regina.
"If it really comes down to it, we're thinking of having a special time out in Wascana Harbour, where we may be dumping tea – English Breakfast tea – and we could be dumping steak-and-kidney pie … We could be dumping HP Sauce …," Wartman said.
"We're not going to take this lying down," he warned.
The saskatoon berry is the small purple fruit of a shrub found in North America, particularly in the northwest of Canada, and has been grown commercially since the late 1960s.
Widely used for centuries by aboriginals, the berries are used in Canada for things such as jam, pie and cider. Canadian officials insist they are safe to eat.
The fruit is exported to the United States and Japan but has no history of consumption in Europe.
Written by CBC News Online staff