Meat & Livestock News

Canadian Meat Industry Forms Coalition to Challenge UK Trade Proposals, Demands Fair Deal


  • The Canadian Pork Council spearheads a coalition against the UK’s current trade negotiation stance, seeking to safeguard Canadian agricultural interests.
  • A collective call to action urges the Canadian government to reevaluate the UK’s potential CPTPP membership, emphasising the need for trade terms that favour Canadian farmers and ranchers.
  • Central to the dispute is the UK’s steadfast ban on hormone-treated beef, posing a significant barrier to Canadian meat exports in a post-Brexit trade landscape.

In a strategic move, the Canadian Pork Council (CPC) has raised the flag of concern over the trajectory of trade negotiations with the United Kingdom. Aligning with a consortium of animal protein sectors, the CPC is pushing for a critical reassessment of the UK’s aspiring membership in the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

This coalition, formed in the spirit of defending the interests of Canadian farmers and ranchers, signals a robust response to what is perceived as the Canadian government’s tepid stance in trade discussions with the UK.

The formation of the “Say No to a Bad Deal” coalition, which includes the Canadian Cattle Association, Canadian Meat Council, and the National Cattle Feeders Association, marks a united front against the UK’s propositions.

This alliance interprets the UK’s negotiation posture as a clear indication of its reluctance to engage in equitable agricultural trade practices, particularly spotlighting the contentious issue of the UK’s ban on hormone-treated beef. This policy stands as a formidable obstacle for Canadian meat producers, effectively sidelining them from the UK market, a significant Commonwealth partner.

Rene Roy, chair of the Canadian Pork Council, articulates the coalition’s frustration with the stalled progress in trade talks. Despite offering solutions aimed at protecting Canadian agricultural stakeholders, their grievances remain largely unaddressed.

The reliance of Canadian pork producers on export markets, with a substantial 70% of their production destined for international shores, underscores the urgency of establishing favourable trade agreements. This contrasts with the U.S. pork industry, which exports a smaller fraction of its output, highlighting the critical nature of these negotiations for Canada’s agricultural sector.