Cross-border labelling beef hurting both sides, says Alberta’s agriculture minister
Posted: 10/7/2013 |
A decade after bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) slammed borders shut on Canadian beef, the country’s livestock industry faces new and lingering international battles. U.S. rules force mandatory country of origin labelling (MCOOL) of Canadian agricultural products including beef and pork and bring with them increased tracking and processing costs. The program was adopted in 2008 after American farm and consumer groups argued shoppers have a right to know where their food comes from.