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Poutine™ is the reknown Québecois gastronomic specialty that originated in rural Québec, Canada, in the late 1950s. Several Québecois communities claim to be the birthplace of Poutine™, including Drummondville, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, and Victoriaville. Today, at the start of the 21st century, it is eaten across Canada, and has been adapted to the diverse tastes of its' constituent populace. It has been selected by the Governor-General as the signature dish at State banquets, and is now included in the provisions (MRE) of Canadian soldiers serving overseas.
Although poutine has diversified over time, there is only one true Poutine™, known correctly as poutine-classique. This is the original Québec 1950s recipe, described by Larousse Gastronomique and authenticated by Académie Internationale de la Gastronomie (Intergastronom) . For 2010, Canada is a contender for La Grand Prix de la Culture Gastronomique, with poutine-classique being the national representative for this prestigious award.
In Québec (and throughout Canada), the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA -dedicated to safeguarding food, animals and plants, which enhances the health and well-being of Canada's people, environment and economy) enforces the Poutine Purity Law (1987) in respect to the ingredients, serving, and nomclature of the preparation. Inspections are rigourous, with severe penalties levied on restaurants not conforming to strictly defined standards. Canadian gastronomes can be assured of the authenticity and quality of the food when ordering authentic Poutine™.