U.S. companies that export pork, beef and lamb to Canada now face simpler and clearer requirements, thanks to a joint initiative undertaken by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and its counterpart, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), according to a release from the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).
USMEF director of export services, Cheyenne McEndaffer, explains in the audio clip below that the revised regulations will benefit both U.S. exporters and their customers north of the border. FSIS sought input from USMEF and other industry associations during its review of the export requirements, which allowed problematic issues to be identified and addressed, McEndaffer explains.
She also says that red meat exports to Canada are off to a fast start in 2020. Through February, pork exports were 18% ahead of last year's pace at 37,364 metric tons, valued at $128.8 million (up 14%). Beef exports totaled 18,603 metric tons valued at $112.9 million – up 17% and 15%, respectively, from a year ago.
Listen to the full audio below.