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Harper Government Secures Full Market Access for Beef to the United Arab Emirates

Ottawa, Ontario, August 2, 2012 - Canadian beef producers will immediately benefit from full market access to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The announcement was made today by Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and International Trade Minister Ed Fast. With the expanded market access to beef from animals over 30 months of age, the UAE has now fully re-opened its door to Canadian world-class beef."The UAE is the first country in the Gulf Cooperation Council region to resume full access to our high-quality beef and this is a significant milestone for Canadian beef producers", said Minister Ritz.

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WTO Appellate Body confirms COOL discriminates

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased with today’s decision by the World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body regarding mandatory Country of Origin Labelling (COOL). The Appellate Body confirmed the most important part of the WTO Dispute Panel decision of November 2011 that the U.S. COOL legislation discriminates against Canadian livestock in the U.S. market.CCA President Martin Unrau said by upholding the part of the panel ruling that confirmed the discriminatory nature of COOL, the Appellate Body’s final decision has provided an important victory for Canadian cattle producers and we are hopeful that the U.S.

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CCA applauds Canada’s acceptance into the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) strongly supports Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s announcement today that Canada has been accepted to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. Canada is now the 11th country to be included in the negotiations, with the application from Japan remaining pending.CCA President Martin Unrau applauded the Prime Minister for this achievement, announced at the G-20 meeting in Los Cabos, Mexico.“The Canadian beef industry is highly export dependent and we thank the Prime Minister for taking action that will increase market access,” Unrau said.

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CCA focussed on Canada-Korea free trade agreement

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased that the Government of Canada has resolved the beef market access issue with Korea and terminated the World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Panel. We call on both Governments to continue their dialogue with the objective to concluding the Canada-Korea free trade agreement (FTA).“Korea is an important market for Canadian cattle producers,” said CCA President Martin Unrau. “We appreciate the efforts of International Trade Minister Ed Fast and Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and cheer their ongoing progress towards restoring market access for high quality Canadian beef.”

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CCA pleased with restored access to Peru for Canadian beef

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased with today’s Government of Canada announcement regarding the re-opening of Peru for Canadian beef. Effective immediately, Peru has approved the importation from Canada of all beef and offals from cattle under 30 months of age, plus boneless beef and offals from cattle over 30 months of age.Since the closure of nearly all of Canada’s beef export markets in 2003, the CCA has worked with the Government of Canada to re-open markets. As a result of these efforts, including the tireless efforts and international travel by Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and...

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Report calls MCOOL a trade barrier, recommends integrated system based on quality, not origin

Calgary, AB –The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomed a joint report released by the Fraser Institute this week that finds that the Mandatory Country of Origin Labelling (MCOOL) law in the United States (U.S.) imposes substantial costs on producers for a labelling system that is of little benefit to consumers.The report by the Fraser Institute, Canada’s leading public policy think-tank, and the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a public policy organization in Washington, D.C., recommends that the U.S. and Canada improve their already highly integrated supply chain for red meat by streamlining regulations to create a single red meat regime.

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CCA welcomes proposed new Safe Food for Canadians Act

Calgary, AB –The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomed the Safe Food for Canadians Act tabled in the Senate today by the Government of Canada. The CCA commends the Harper Government for bringing this ambitious but necessary legislation forward. The proposed Act will consolidate three acts, including the Canada Agricultural Products Act and the Meat Inspection Act, and streamline inspection and enforcement powers across all food commodities.CCA President Martin Unrau said the new Act will address important issues in Canada’s beef cattle industry by improving control over imports and enabling traceability to move forward.“I am particularly pleased that under the Act imported...

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CCA welcomes Standing Committee recommendations on Growing Forward 2

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is pleased with the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food report, Growing Forward 2. The committee’s emphasis on the importance of research, innovation and trade, and its subsequent recommended improvements to business risk management (BRM) programming, aligns with what Canadian cattle producers have been asking for.“I commend the committee for listening and understanding the issues brought forward by the CCA on behalf of Canada’s cattle producers during the consultative process on Growing Forward 2,” said CCA President Martin Unrau.The report contains 21 recommendations to improve program delivery for Growing Forward 2 (GF2),...

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