Watch: Quebec language police target spoons
MONTREAL – A frozen yogurt company in the Montreal area has been asked by Quebec’s language police to stop using its disposable spoons.
According to a post on Menchie’s Facebook page, in response to a complaint, the The Office quebecois de la langue francaise (OQLF) have asked the spoons to be replaced because of the words “Sweet Moosic” molded into the handle.
“We were visited by Office Quebec de La Langue Francaise and they cited us for having English molded in the spoons, apparently responding to a complaint,” Menchie’s said in the post.
“We are working as fast as we can to get new spoons made just for our Quebec stores, at a large expense to us.”
Quebec’s language watchdog has issued a statement insisting that it has not banned a certain type of frozen-yogurt spoon.
It has merely opened a yogurt-spoon investigation.
The OQLF has confirmed that it has opened an investigation after receiving a complaint about the plastic spoons served by the American frozen yogurt chain Menchie’s.
So the department opened a file. An inspector went to the outlet to look into the case, and an inspection report is underway. No decision has been made yet.
The OQLF began its statement by expressing frustration at what it views as overblown coverage of its activities by “certain media.”
It urges media to seek its side of the story before reporting on language flareups.
The OQLF received a six per cent budget increase, to $24.7 million, this year under the new Parti Quebecois government after it also received a smaller increase the previous year under the old Liberal government.
But the organization has also come under criticism from the PQ, which is generally more hawkish on language. The PQ government said the agency had been “overzealous” in its handling of files.
Here’s the letter Menchie’s received from the OQLF:
In pictures: A look at several photos of the offending spoons.