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Ground beef and pork are exempt from the requirement of having a front-of-package warning label

Ottawa, ON – The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health announced June 30, 2022, the finalized Front-of-Package labelling regulations, part of the Government of Canada’s Healthy Eating Strategy. In the finalized regulations, ground beef and pork are exempt from the requirement of having a front-of-package warning label.

“We are pleased that the Government of Canada listened to our sector’s concerns and reversed the policy proposal on ground beef and pork–nutrient-dense, affordable proteins,” says a press release from the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. “Thank you to all beef and pork producers and consumers across the country for raising the issue with elected representatives.”

Almost 50 per cent of beef consumed in Canada is ground beef and more than 90 per cent of Canadians consume ground beef on a weekly basis. Ground beef is one of the most popular and trusted sources of protein and an incredibly important source of revenue for the beef industry. The finalized regulations demonstrate a recognition of what consumers, farmers and ranchers know well, beef and pork are wholesome sources of high-quality protein that are important staples in Canadians’ diet.

“Canadian families rely on ground beef as a nutritious and affordable food staple and an important contributor to food security. We are pleased with Health Canada’s decision to omit ground beef from requiring a misleading warning label, ” commented Reg Schellenberg, President of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association.

Chris White, President and CEO, of the Canadian Meat Council stated, “This exemption will ensure that our members can continue to export their products without additional challenges, allowing us to keep feeding the world and Canadians with our world-class protein.”

~Source: Canadian Cattleman’s Association

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