The recent release of the final ‘Product of USA’ voluntary labelling regulations for meat, poultry and egg products is raising concerns on this side of the border.

Canada is concerned it could lead to unfair trading practices and discrimination.

Agriculture Ministers Kostyshyn, Marit and Sigurdson all released statements following the news this week.

Manitoba's Ron Kostyshyn says the government is concerned that this final rule discounts our long-standing and positive trade relationship that benefits Manitoba producers and consumers. 

"Manitoba will review the final rule and its impacts on Manitoba consumers, producers, and processors. We will work with our provincial and federal counterparts, along with industry stakeholders, to stand up for producers, and work towards supply chains that are open, barrier-free, and continue to support a strong trade partnership between Canada and the United States."

Saskatchewan's Agriculture Minister David Marit says it's something they'll be monitoring closely, they say it's a voluntary thing now, but obviously, it brings some concerns for us, especially in the livestock sector. 

"I have gone into Montana and met with the Governor and the US Congressman and talked about this as one of our concerns. Obviously, they're on our side as well, but there's always groups that think they want this country of origin labeling to be a voluntary system, but it's obviously concerning. "

He says he hopes common sense prevails here adding they'll continue to advocate to ensure that, especially on the beef cattle side, that we see a pretty fluid flow of livestock across the border and it's both ways actually. 

Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation RJ Sigurdson says Alberta is deeply concerned about the United States plans to implement ‘Product of USA’ voluntary labelling on meat, poultry and eggs derived from animals born, raised, slaughtered and processed in the United States. 

He says when this decision comes into effect in January 2026, it could disrupt the highly integrated meat and livestock supply chains that exist between Canada and the United States.

Sigurdson says they are committed to making sure Alberta producers and processors continue to have open access to efficient, stable, competitive markets in the United States. Maintaining the integrated supply chains will provide food security for consumers and benefit the livestock and meat industries on both sides of the border.

"Alberta respects the long-standing trade relationship between our countries. We will continue working closely with the Government of Canada and the other provinces to ensure the United States understands our ongoing concerns about the impact this new voluntary labelling regulation could have on trade."