The United States and Canada on Monday announced an agreement to harmonize the terminology used for wholesale meat cuts.
Under the agreement, both countries will adopt the U.S. Institutional Meat Purchase Specifications as the standard meat nomenclature.
"Adopting a common trade language is beneficial to industry on both sides of the border, and will enhance trade and opportunities for American producers," said USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service Administrator Anne Alonzo in a USDA statement. "Meat production in the U.S. and Canada is highly integrated, and this will benefit industry by reducing costs of maintaining separate inventories, and facilitate the efficient trade with our Canadian partners."
As of Feb. 24, 2014, selected meat cut names can be used interchangeably with their Canadian equivalent. Consumers will largely not be impacted, as the change only applies to wholesale cuts of meat.
"Our government recognizes that the North American livestock industry is based on the integration of Canadian and U.S. sectors and this initiative will render benefits for stakeholders on both sides of the border," Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, noted in a press statement.