Canada publishes the Wholesale Meat Specifications Document

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February 5, 2015: Today, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) published the Wholesale Meat Specifications Document (WMSD) for fresh beef, lamb, poultry, pork, turkey and veal on its website. The document reflects the harmonization of the terminology used for wholesale cuts of meat between Canada and the United States (U.S). The U.S. wholesale meat cut terminology is reflected in the Institutional Meat Purchase Specifications document.

Canada and the U.S. have been working together to create a common approach to wholesale meat cut nomenclature. Through the Regulatory Cooperation Council, the CFIA worked with the Canadian and U.S. meat industries, as well as with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to update their respective manuals.

This common understanding of terms benefits industry through reducing the costs of maintaining separate inventories for packaging and labelling, facilitating trade and reducing red tape and regulatory burden. In 2013, the value of Canada's meat exports to the U.S. was over $2.3 billion while the meat imports from the U.S. were valued at more than $2.7 billion.

For more information, visit the CFIA website at

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