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Canada’s Meat Processing Industry Backs Government over COOL Stance

13 June 2013

CANADA - Canada’s meat processing industry has backed the Canadian Government’s move to publish a list of products for retaliatory tariffs against the US because of its stance over Country of Origin Labelling.

The Canadian Meat Industry Council said it applauded the government’s efforts to ensure that international trade rules are respected.

Canadian Meat Council President Arnold Drung said: “It is critical to the long term interests of both Canadian and American beef and pork producers and processors that international trade continues to take place within the context of a rules-based international framework.”

The council added that the Canadian and US beef and pork production and processing sectors are critical components of an integrated North American red meat industry that provides a broad selection of high quality, safe and nutritious food products to consumers both at home and to more than 120 other countries around the world.

“The imposition of bureaucratic, costly and unnecessary obstacles that make no contribution to food safety and are of little or no benefit to consumers jeopardises North American competitiveness in the global marketplace and weakens economic growth, investment and job opportunities on farms and in meat processing facilities across Canada and the United States,” said Canadian Meat Council Executive Director Jim Laws.

Canada’s meat processing industry includes some 400 federally registered establishments, providing not only safe, high quality protein for Canadian consumers, but also adding jobs and making a significant contribution to local economic activity in both rural and urban Canada.

With annual sales of C$24.1 billion, beef exports of C$1.3 billion, pork exports of C$3.2 billion and 70,000 jobs, the Canadian meat industry is the largest component of this country’s food processing sector.

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