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Meat Institute, CMC File Joint Comments Regarding Enhanced U.S., Canada Regulatory Cooperation

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

The Meat Institute and Canadian Meat Council (CMC) in comments filed to the Government of Canada called for a "do no harm" approach to agricultural trade in ongoing North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations and stressed the importance of addressing regulatory divergences among the three NAFTA countries. The organizations contend converging regulatory standards and establishing shared enforcement mandates in NAFTA modernization could ease border transit times and associated transaction costs, which would facilitate cross-border meat and poultry trade and improve food safety outcomes. The comments detail specific recommendations for enhanced regulatory cooperation, including the implementation of joint food safety risk assessments and the recognition of mutual food safety technology approvals, among other suggestions. The organizations also outline specific pilot project proposals that would bolster regulatory cooperation in the NAFTA region.

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