CANADA - The Canadian government has secured expanded market access for Canadian beef and beef products of all ages to Mexico. The expanded access will allow for open trade in beef, and beef products throughout North America.
The announcement comes as Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, wraps-up his first official visit to Mexico where he met with Mexican Secretary of Agriculture José Calzada to build on the two countries' long standing partnership in agricultural trade.
They discussed areas of opportunity to increase the competitiveness of their agricultural sectors.
Minister MacAulay also provided opening remarks at the Canada Beef Inc. Gala Dinner where he promoted the Canada Beef brand by emphasizing Canada's safe, high-quality and sustainably produced beef.
"Canada is pleased with Mexico's commitment to restore access for Canadian beef. It is an important milestone which underscores the strength of our bilateral agricultural trade relationship with Mexico. This expanded access, based on sound scientific principles, will create new opportunities to export even more high-quality Canadian beef to Mexico while putting more money in the pockets of farmers and help grow the middle class," said Mr MacAulay.
The Canadian meat industry also welcomed the announcement.
“Mexico ranks consistently as one of Canada’s top tier export markets for beef and veal products,” said Canadian Meat Council President Troy Warren. “Confirmation of access to the Mexican market for Canadian beef products derived from animals 30 months and older as well as for ground meat and various specialty meats normalises bilateral trade and is consistent with recommendations from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE),” added Mr Warren
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