U.S., Canada Harmonizing Names of Meat Cuts
February 28, 2014
This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency started a pilot program to harmonize nomenclature for commonly traded meat cuts.
The program allows processors in either country to ship products without having to label or re-box the product in accordance with prescriptive wholesale terms of the other country. Twenty-two wholesale meat cuts are in the program including lamb leg and chops.
Harmonizing wholesale meat cut nomenclature is a task of the U.S.-Canadian Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC). The RCC was established in 2011 by President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and aims to reduce or eliminate unnecessary trade barriers.