The Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Tribunal in Ontario has denied a request by the Association of Ontario Chicken Processors (AOCP) to be a party in an upcoming appeal by Henry Bos. Bos has appealed decisions by the Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO) denying his request for the revocation of a policy and a regulation related to restrictions on extra-provincial marketing of poultry. The appeal hearing is scheduled to begin this Monday. AOCP has been granted intervenor status and can make submissions to the Tribunal. However, it cannot file evidence and will not be permitted to cross-examine witnesses.
AOCP's request was denied in large part because it was not made until the eve of the hearing. AOCP is an organization that represents 11 chicken processors who reflect 95% of the Ontario chicken processing industry.