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U.S., Canada to Harmonize Names of Wholesale Meat Cuts, but Note Guidance on Pilot Stage

The United States and Canada have agreed to harmonize the terminology used for wholesale meat cuts, with both countries adopting the U.S. Institutional Meat Purchase Specifications (IMPS) as the standard meat nomenclature.

It is important to note, however, that this change is still in the pilot stage, so only these names listed online by the Canadian Food inspection Agency (CFIA) can currently be used interchangeably with the U.S. equivalent. For all other names, the CFIA Meat Cuts Manual remains in effect and must be used when certifying and verifying these names for wholesale trade purposes. Harmonization of all names is expected to be completed later this year.

Statements from CFIA and the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service provide further details.