Tuesday, February 25, 2014

U.S., Canada adopt common names for meat

A deal to adopt the same names for meat cuts for the U.S. and Canada came into force this week.

It will make it easier to trade, say officials of the United States Department of Agriculture, but they did not say anything about the ongoing dispute over Country of Origin labeling regulations that hinder trade.

The agreement applies only to wholesale meat cuts, not retail.

The Canadian meat classification system uses a Meat Cuts Manual. The United States uses the Institutional Meat Purchase Specifications which is a set of voluntary standards maintained by agriculture department’s Agriculture Marketing Service.

Both countries will now be working with the Institutional Meat Purchase Specifications.