President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Wednesday announced two economic partnership initiatives that include streamlining meat and poultry certification requirements and better aligning Canadian and U.S. approaches to naming meat cuts.
The leaders introduced two documents: the Beyond the Border (BTB) Action Plan and the Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) Action Plan.
According to the Canadian Cattlemen's Association, the plans include commitments to:
The North American Meat Processors Association said in a note to its members that a common approach to naming meat cuts would allow for innovation and product development. It would also eliminate costs associated with inventory production and maintenance for firms selling into both markets. For consumers, it would provide a simple information system to make price comparisons and cooking decisions across both countries with no impact on food safety, according to NAMP.
In terms of streamlining cross-border product transmission, NAMP expressed hope that by relying on the controls and mitigation measures rooted in each country's systems, the United States and Canada could work towards agreement that a product coming from the other country is in compliance with the importing country's requirements and should not routinely trigger additional regulatory action.
Reprinted in part from meatingplace.com