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American Meat Institute and Canadian Meat Council Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Enhance Cooperation

Thursday, November 3, 2005

Leaders of the American Meat Institute (AMI) and the Canadian Meat Council (CMC) today announced that the two groups have signed a memorandum of understanding to enhance cooperation and coordination between AMI and CMC.

AMI and CMC for years have shared the goal of creating a truly integrated North American meat industry that embraces cooperation and free trade for the good of the industry and consumers. This new memorandum notes “common issues” and “common interests” that can be satisfied through partnership.

Specifically, CMC members will now be invited to attend AMI Animal Welfare Committee and Worker Safety Committee meetings. Also during this period, AMI and CMC will promote each organization’s educational events and extend discounted member rates to members of either group. Speakers from both organizations also will be integrated into programming. The two groups also will coordinate on web site development and public affairs strategies.

“This is a very promising development for the Canadian meat industry,” said CMC Executive Director James Laws. “CMC and AMI working together can leverage resources for the best possible outcomes for the industry and consumers.”

AMI President J. Patrick Boyle echoed Laws’ sentiments. “For years, we have operated for all practical purposes as an integrated, North American market. It’s time that our trade associations work together in a more formal way to reflect that integration,” he said. “I am very optimistic that this memorandum of understanding will yield major benefits for the industry on both sides of the border.”


For more information contact:
David Ray
Vice President, Public Affairs
Janet Riley
Sr. Vice President, Public Affairs

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