Country-of-origin labelling could deter the US from buying Canadian cattle
In 2008, the United States introduced country-of-origin labelling, which labels Canadian born, raised or slaughtered meat for American retailers. The legislation was created following the discovery of mad cow disease in Canada in the mid-2000s.
It was also in response to a demand for made-in-the US products. But, the extra packaging costs have been passed down to Canadian and American beef producers. Canadian producers estimate the policy is costing them $1 billion a year.
And now, the US has announced new changes to those labelling requirements to further segregate Canadian beef, which producers say could threaten their livelihood. We asked cattle producer Kirk Jackson, a second generation farmer in the Chateauguay Valley, what he thinks about these new changes.