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Canada’s wholesale meat specs are now identical to those in the U.S.

The CFIA says it worked with the Canadian and U.S. meat industries, as well as with the USDA to update their respective manuals


Ottawa – Canada’s Wholesale Meat Specifications are now harmonized with those in the U.S., says the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

beefknifeThe Wholesale Meat Specifications Document (WMSD) covers fresh beef, lamb, poultry, turkey and veal and can be found by clicking here.

The information about the meat cut names and their specifications and item numbers are now identical to those found in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Institutional Purchase Specifications (IMPS) document.

Canada and the U.S. have been working together to create a common approach to wholesale meat cut nomenclature.

Through the Regulatory Cooperation Council, the CFIA worked with the Canadian and U.S. meat industries, as well as with the USDA to update their respective manuals.

The WMSD provides industry and consumers with a simple and informative system of nomenclature that will ensure the use of standardized terms in the naming of meat cuts. It also discourages any misuse of these terms and provides customers with information to compare prices and select cooking methods.


Deanna Rosolen

Deanna Rosolen

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