GST canadian bacon and biscuits cost you up to €8.50 per pound, with experts online suggesting that this is more than a fair price.
Online retailers are offering up to 80gms of bacon and a serving of biscuits for just €6.99.
The biscuits are made with a mixture of ground beef and ground flaxseed and are available at the supermarket and online.
But experts from the biscuit industry and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) are warning consumers that this price is far too low.
“These prices are too low, they’re not the kind of prices we normally pay for bacon, they aren’t the kind we’re used to paying for biscuits,” said Joanne Tackett, vice president of research at the Canadian Biscuit Association (CBCA).
“We know it’s cheaper to buy biscuits, but we also know that a lot of biscuits are processed in the US and are not safe for human consumption.”
A representative for Gst, which makes biscuits and other products, told The Irish Times that the prices quoted by consumers are “unacceptable”.”GST does not currently sell GST on products, however it is actively working to bring forward the GST/HST/Habitat taxes on certain types of products to be phased in by April 1,” Gst told the newspaper.
“As part of this work, GST is actively looking to see if other products that it sells are subject to GST/HT and the GST Department is actively engaged with GST as well as the Canadian government to ensure that all products are compliant with all GST/NT regulations.”GST on Trimmers and SpoonsThe biscuits and biscuits from a Trimmer and Spoon, made in Ireland, cost up to 15% less than the equivalent amount in Canada.
But, even that price has dropped considerably in recent months, so there is no reason why the same level of bacon would not be priced the same in Ireland as it is in Canada, the CBCA told The Independent.
“Biscuits are not only an economical way to eat, they are also an ethical way to produce a healthy product,” said Dr Tackitt.
“People in the United States would be shocked to know that the same amount of bacon can be made in Canada at an even higher price.”
Gst, in an emailed statement, said it has taken the precaution of “exporting its products to the US where the standards of food safety and food processing are much higher”.
“The GST regulations require that all of our products be manufactured in the USA and we have not been able to meet that standard,” it added.
“We have therefore decided to import our products from Ireland to Canada.”
The ABC has contacted the CFIA for comment.