VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 5, 2012) - A new study examining the effects of American country-of-origin labeling laws on Canada-U.S. trade in livestock and meat products will be released Wednesday, June 6 by the Fraser Institute in conjunction with the Washington, D.C.-based Competitive Enterprise Institute.
Mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling for Beef and Pork Products and Why Canada and the United States Should Adopt a Bi-National System describes how a small but politically influential group of U.S. meat producers lobbied hard-and successfully-to find ways to hobble foreign competitors with onerous labeling rules. The law requires U.S. companies to provide customers with labels showing the country of origin of certain food commodities, including beef, lamb, pork, fish, shellfish, perishable produce, ginseng, peanuts, pecans, and macadamia nuts.
Over the past several decades, Canada and the United States have developed an integrated supply chain for many red meat products in which calves and pigs may be born in one country, raised in another, and slaughtered on either side of the border. In 2011, Canada-U.S. trade in agriculture was worth more than $38 billion US, $4.1 billion of which came from hogs and cattle, and pork and beef products.
A news release with additional information about the study will be issued via Marketwire on Wednesday, June 6 at 6:30 a.m. (Eastern).
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