Calgary, AB - The United States Department of Agriculture issued the final rule for mandatory Country-of-Origin (COOL) labelling today. The CCA is hopeful that changes allowing greater flexibility in the COOL final rule reduce some market uncertainty. However the CCA remains opposed to the mandatory initiative, seeing it as a barrier to trade.
Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) applauds the federal government for their aggressive leadership approach to improve export-market access opportunities. The Government of Canada announced today that it will implement several key industry recommendations developed by CCA and its seven industry partners.
Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) fully supports the announcement today that the Government of Canada is requesting consultations with the United States, pursuant to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement, concerning the U. S. ’ implementation of mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) regulations for meat products.
This discussion document presents recommendations on how Canada’s technical market access capabilities can be enhanced to support continued growth in the volume and values of agricultural exports. The rationale for pursuing greater capabilities in this area include the fact that negotiations related to agricultural market access are often impacted by the unique and essential contribution of food products to the security and stability of any nation. Further, as agricultural tariffs are reduced there is a tendency in some markets to utilize technical barriers as a means of limiting imports.
Calgary, AB – Re-opening foreign markets to Canada’s export-dependent livestock industry could take a major step forward if the federal government adopts the roadmap for agricultural market access developed by the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) and seven industry partners. The strategy focuses on enhancing Canada’s market access negotiating capabilities to restore and secure economically-meaningful access to foreign markets lost to BSE.
Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomes the return of The Honourable Gerry Ritz, as Canada’s Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. Continuity in this key position is critical for the nearly 90,000 Canadian beef cattle producers who require successful resolution of several critical domestic and international issues facing their industry.
With the federal election now behind us, we hope producers continue to take the opportunity to keep MPs informed on issues facing Canada’s beef and cattle industry. Keep the facts at your fingertips with the Federal Candidate Information Sheet, available on the CCA website. At the same time, check out the federal Conservative and Liberal Parties responses to these key issues prior to the election.