Pork: Is it time for a Canadian version of COOL?

U.S. country-of-origin labelling has hammered Canadian exports of pork. But the industry is divided on whether to respond with voluntary labelling or to adopt a mirror of the U.S. legislation in self-defence


Rising imports of pork from the United States, the same country that brought in a law crippling trade in pigs going there, have brought retail meat labelling to the forefront as an issue. Expect contention over this at Ontario Pork’s annual meeting in April.

The Perth County Pork Producers Association passed a resolution last August urging Ontario Pork to push federal and provincial governments “to force a mandatory Country-of-Origin label on all products, no matter where they come from.”

Better Farming - March 2010