WINNIPEG, Man. — Manitoba is taking steps to allow the freer flow of meat from province to province.
The province is recommending that the federal Standing Committee on Agriculture create a standard framework for the interprovincial movement of meat and meat products. Currently, the meat inspection process varies from region to region, all but eliminating the interprovincial movement of meat products.
“Canada needs a single meat inspection standard so that we can demonstrate a uniform level of food safety across the country without creating an unnecessary burden for smaller facilities and those processing alternate meats such as bison,” says Manitoba’s Agriculture and Foods Minister, Rosann Wowchuk.
Under currently rules, the interprovincial movement of meat is restricted to large, federally inspected processing plants. If a uniform inspection process is adopted by all provinces, truckers who haul meat products may find themselves with some extra cargo to carry across provincial boundaries.
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