December 21, 2017
Canada’s beef industry has dramatically reduced its water footprint over the past several decades, and that trend is expected to continue, a new study has found.
The amount of water required to produce one kilogram of Canadian beef has decreased by 17% from 1981 to 2011, due largely to enhanced efficiency in how feed crops for beef cattle are produced, as well as enhanced efficiency in raising beef cattle and producing more beef per animal.
December 18, 2017
On December 13, 2017 the Department of Finance released revised draft legislation concerning the income sprinkling rules. These rules were originally announced on July 18, 2017 and were the subject of much criticism. The new rules are to take effect January 1, 2018 and although they are an improvement over the rules released on July 18, they still leave much to be desired.
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October 5, 2017
Canadian producers’ concern stems from the disparity between the types of product China will now accept from the U.S. and those accepted from Canada:
- Currently, Canadian producers are only allowed to ship boneless, Under Thirty Months (UTM) frozen beef and only from individual processing plants that have been audited and approved by Chinese officials and certified for export to China by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
- China’s trade deal with the U.S. allows American producers to ship boneless beef, bone-in beef, chilled beef, and certain offals from any federally-inspected and approved processor.
September 21, 2017
The timely resolution of two technical barriers are particularly important to enabling full implementation of the CETA. One provision pertains to the location at which the EU health mark label is applied to boxes of meat. Currently, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) requires the application of the EU health mark label to the boxes before they become eligible for export to the EU. The industry believes this administrative inconsistency should be immediately resolvable by Canada’s regulatory authorities.