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·         ‘Leave our beef alone:’ Sask. cattle producers balk at planned labels

·         "This is wrong" says MP Martin Shields about warning labels on meat

 

 

‘Leave our beef alone:’ Sask. cattle producers balk at planned labels

Health Canada plans to mark ground beef and pork with a label that warns consumers about their saturated fat content.

 

Jeremy Simes, Regina Leader-Post (Canada)

Jun 15, 2022

 

After a tough winter and spring, Saskatchewan rancher Arnold Balicki says the last thing he needs is a health warning label on ground beef.

 

Balicki said on Wednesday the industry is still trying to wrap its head around Health Canada’s plan to mark ground beef and pork with a label that warns consumers about their saturated fat content.

 

“There’s still zero margins left for us,” said Balicki, the chair of the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association, who ranches near Shellbrook. “This would just be another impact on the industry, so we’re really trying to get this message out there to MPs, the prime minister and Health Canada that says leave our beef alone.”

 

Balicki isn’t alone in his criticism as Ottawa faces growing pressure to exempt ground beef and pork from the labelling plan.

 

Livestock producers across the country, governments in Western Canada, the federal Conservatives and prairie NDP Opposition parties say it will impede the industry.

 

If approved, front-of-package labels will appear on food that exceeds 15 per cent of an adult’s recommended daily consumption of sodium, sugars or saturated fat.

 

Regular ground beef and pork would be labelled because they would meet that threshold, while extra lean ground meat and raw whole cuts would be exempt...

 

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https://leaderpost.com/business/agriculture/leave-our-beef-alone-sask-cattle-producers-balk-at-planned-labels

 

 

"This is wrong" says MP Martin Shields about warning labels on meat

 

by Tommy Osborne, Cochrane Now (Canada)

Jun 14 2022

 

A proposed regulation from Health Canada is being met with significant pushback from some Albertans.

 

The proposed change would require ground beef and pork to have a "high in" saturated fat warning label. Bow River Member of Parliament Martin Shields doesn't understand why meat is specifically being targeted.

 

"They didn't put any labels on dairy products. They didn't put any labels on potato chips, they didn't put labels on a lot of things. But they picked out ground beef, and ground pork to have a front label warning on them. And that is extremely strange," said Shields

 

"There's a zillion things out there on the shelves that they are not going to put this on, but yet they have picked out ground beef? Sort of a staple in our family's diets for a lot of people for generations? This to me just is wrong."

 

According to Shields, Canada would be the only country to require this warning label on ground meat. In a written statement, Shields noted that ground meat isn't a processed food, so he believes this should exempt it from a warning label.

 

"Ground meat like beef and pork are single-ingredient foods. They contain nothing more than beef or pork! Canadians know what they are buying, they don’t need a reminder. Ground beef is healthy. It’s a source of iron and protein, and part of a healthy Canadian diet," read Shields's statement.

 

Shields said he doesn't believe this is a conspiracy to specifically target cattle farmers, but doesn't know why the labelling should be required in the first place.

 

"I can't go into conspiracy mode and say 'this is an attempt to get rid of the agricultural product from great animals of beef and pork because they (MPs of Agricultural Committee) have a specific interest in the type of food they eat.' But it sure leaves you to wonder why," he said.

 

Shields is worried that these labels might negatively impact trade, as other countries may not be as willing to trade with Canada if our meat has a warning label on it...

 

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https://cochranenow.com/articles/this-is-wrong-says-mp-martin-shields-about-warning-labels-on-meat