Canada's Meat Industry to Benefit from EU Recognition of Equivalence for a Number of Requirements for Meat and Meat Products

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed the conclusion of negotiations between Canada and the European Union (EU) on meat equivalency. This recognition allows for immediate removal of a number of requirements for the trade of meat and meat products.

This arrangement is the result of a long-standing collaboration between the CFIA and the Directorate General of Health and Food Safety, the Agency's EU counterpart.

The EU's recognition of equivalency supports the Government of Canada's ongoing initiatives to eliminate trade barriers. Recognition of equivalency of Canada's meat inspection system offers benefits to Canada as an exporting country, signals the EU's confidence in Canada's food safety system and enables the CFIA to prioritize inspection activities to areas of higher-risk.

Achieving this recognition confirms the Government of Canada's commitment to helping our meat industry remain competitive in the global marketplace by reducing trade barriers and improving Canadian trade opportunities.

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