The Canadian Meat Council is pleased that the federal budget includes funding to improve trade and congratulates Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay for promoting trade.
CMC President Chris White said “we are particularly encouraged to see the federal government’s plans to commit $75 million over the next five years to increase the number of diplomats and trade commissioners in China and Asia.
“This increased attention to China will help clear the uncertainty our industry was left with regards to bone-in beef and fresh chilled beef and pork products late last year” White added.
The Council was also pleased to see $16 million over three years added for Canada’s Food Inspection Agency to “strengthen (the) food safety system including risk intelligence, oversight, offshore prevention activities.”
In its news release, the council “congratulates MacAulay for his leadership on these files in conjunction with the Minister of International Trade, François-Philippe Champagne.”