SADER Raises Concerns About US Labeling on Meat Products
Among this week’s top stories, SADER warned that the proposed changes to the Made in the USA labeling measure could discriminate against Mexican products. Meanwhile, Canada requested consultations under USMCA with Mexico regarding the latter’s proposed limitations on genetically modified agricultural imports.
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Changes to US Meat Labels Might Harm Mexican Exports: SADER
The US Department of Agriculture announced a proposal to modify the Made in the USA labeling. These changes would imply that the labels can only be displayed if the products are derived from animals born, raised, slaughtered and processed in the US. In this regard Mexico’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development raised its concerns about how the proposed measure may be discriminatory against exported meat products that come from Mexico.
Canada Requests Formal Talks With Mexico Over GMO Restrictions
Canada requested consultations under USMCA with Mexico regarding its limitations on genetically modified agricultural imports. The request came a day after the US made a similar request for trade consultations over Mexico’s plans to restrict imports of GMO corn. Canada is concerned about Mexico's prohibitions on biotechnology-based agriculture and its disregard for the USMCA, however, the country is not a significant corn exporter.
Bimbo Will Make Historic Investment in 2023
Grupo Bimbo is planning to invest from US$1.7 to US$2 billion during 2023, reaching a historic figure. This investment will represent a growth of between 21% and 42% compared to the previous year. According to its financial report, the company achieved record sales of US$21.5 billion in 2022, 17.7% more than in 2021. According to David Servitje, President, Grupo Bimbo, this was a result of favorable product prices and better volumes in all regions where it operates.
Mexican Farmers Ask to Monitor Meat Imports From South America
The livestock sector in Mexico showed a petition to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, urging it to monitor the health standards of imported meat from Argentina and Brazil, to avoid disease outbreaks and to promote healthy competition among producers.
China, Mexico to Strengthen Agri-food Trade
Victor Villalobos, the Minister of SADER, held a meeting with Zhang Run, China’s new Ambassador to Mexico, to discuss the importance of boosting agricultural cooperation between countries and to strengthen scientific cooperation in the agricultural sectors of Mexico and China. The alliance will involve research centers from both countries and expedite health protocols to expand the agri-food exchange, benefitting producers and consumers from both nations.