This week USDA released the U.S. Institutional Meat Purchase Specifications Series (IMPS) documents for fresh pork, beef, lamb and veal. These documents reflect the recent agreement between the United States and Canada to harmonize terminology used for wholesale meat cuts by adopting the IMPS as the standard meat nomenclature. More details are in this USDA news release.
An update posted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) states that it is in the process of finalizing its Wholesale Meat Specifications Document to reflect this harmonization. CFIA expects to publish the document in the near future. Exporters serving Canada who have questions about this proceeding may email Cheyenne Dixon or call 303-623-6328.