Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Inter-provincial meat trade lobby

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture and counterparts in Alberta, Quebec and Manitoba are lobbying to gain permission for provincially-inspected meat-packing plants to ship to other provinces and territories.

The law now limits inter-provincial trade to plants licenced by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency whose standards and associated compliance costs are higher than for provincially-inspected faciltiies.

The United States is pondering a similar move. The lobby gained strength because of the COVID-19 pandemic which distrupted the supply chains.

JBS USA and Cargill account for 70 per cent of Canada’s beef slaughter and pork packing is concentrated in one or two companies in most provinces.