Toronto celebrates the day it became okay to call them Jamaican 'beef patties'


You may know it as a spicy pastry snack that's popular in Toronto, but at one time Canadian authorities had a real beef with Jamaican patties.

Decades ago, the federal government claimed Jamaican patties did not match the technical definition of "beef patty" under the Meat Inspection Act.

But it was on this day in 1985 that the community celebrated a win for local business owners.

CBC Toronto's Talia Ricci spoke with one of the owners threatened with fines 36 years ago and explains how Feb. 23 officially became known as Patty Day in Toronto.