Chris White, CMC president said: “We are particularly encouraged to see the federal government’s plans to commit CAD$75 million over the next five years to increase the number of Diplomats and Trade Commissioners in China and Asia,” he said. “CMC has remained a strong advocate for increasing market access to China and Asia for Canada’s meat sector. This increased attention to China will help clear the uncertainty our industry was left with regards to bone-in beef and fresh chilled beef and pork products late last year.”
The CMC was also pleased to see new money announced for Canada’s Food Inspection Agency in the government’s budget. The Canadian government has committed CAD$16m over the next three years to “strengthen food safety system including risk intelligence, oversight, offshore prevention activities”.
It also congratulated Minister of Agriculture Lawrence MacAulay for his “leadership” on these files in conjunction with the Minister of International Trade, François-Philippe Champagne. “CMC will be following developments regarding budget commitments closely and looks forward to working with Government stakeholders to support the sector,” it added.