Ottawa, ON – John Barlow, Conservative Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Agri-Food and Food Security, Dave Epp, Conservative Deputy Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Agri-Food and Food Security, and Richard Lehoux, Conservative Deputy Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Agri-Food and Food Security, released the following statement calling for ground beef and pork to be exempt from front-of-package labelling:

“The Liberals are once again attacking the Canadian agriculture sector. 

“Canada is poised to become the first jurisdiction in the world to self-impose front-of-package labelling on ground beef and pork. This decision will undercut Canadian producers both domestically and abroad. The United States has already identified this policy as a trade irritant potentially leading to fewer exports of Canadian beef. This would be a major hit to producers.

“Mexico, Israel, and the EU have all exempted single ingredient whole-foods from front-of-package labelling under similar policies. Meanwhile, Health Canada will soon force beef and pork producers to put a warning label on their ground products as part of a new program. Despite other single-ingredient products like meats, vegetables, fruits, and dairy products being exempt from front-of-package labelling, Health Canada is deliberately targeting ground beef and pork as an ‘unhealthy’ source of protein for Canadians.

“It doesn’t make sense if roast beef and whole hams are exempt, but the same source of protein is no longer acceptable after being ground.

“Almost 90 per cent of Canadians cook ground beef once a month or more. It, along with ground pork, continues to be an affordable source of protein in Canadian families’ diets. With the price of groceries up 10 per cent year-over-year and high inflation compounding production costs for Canadian farmers, now is not the time to add onerous red tape to our agri-food supply chains.

“Conservatives will always stand with Canada’s hard-working farmers and producers. Rather than having out-of-touch government departments impose additional regulations on food producers, the government should be focused on tackling the cost-of-living crisis and sky-high food prices.

“Conservatives are calling on the Trudeau Liberals to stop their attack on Canadian farmers and producers, and scrap front-of-package labelling for ground beef and pork to ensure Canadian consumers and farmers aren’t unnecessarily burdened.”