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U.S., Canada Harmonize Names of Meat Cuts to Facilitate Trade

Saturday, March 01, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service has announced that as of Feb. 24 the U.S. and Canada have adopted the U.S. Institutional Meat Purchase Specifications as their standard nomenclature for select wholesale meat cuts. AMS notes that previously trade between the two countries could be hindered due to differing cut names, descriptions and labeling requirements in the IMPS and Canada’s Meat Cuts Manual. AMS Administrator Anne Alonzo stated that with meat production in the U.S. and Canada being “highly integrated,” the harmonization of the meat cut terminology “will benefit industry by reducing costs of maintaining separate inventories, and facilitate the efficient trade with our Canadian partners.”

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