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Canada battles UK over hormone beef — RT Business News


Canada’s High Commissioner to the UK is determined to convince the overseas market to take Canadian beef, even though it is treated with controversial growth hormones that currently make it illegal in the UK, he said told Politico on Friday.

Commissioner Ralph Goodale insisted he would defend his country’s meat with “vigor and conviction” as the two countries strived for a bilateral trade agreement.

But while Canada, like the US, routinely uses hormones in animal husbandry, the UK has not done so since joining the European Union, which it voted to leave. almost eight years ago and from which it continues to extract itself in certain respects. The use of the drugs is controversial for animal welfare reasons as well as human health concerns.

Despite Goodale’s faith in Canadian beef, London says it won’t compromise on its food standards – and that probably means what he says, given that the looming threat of “chlorinated chickens” of the United States managed to turn a significant part of the country against a trade agreement between these two nations which was to materialize after Brexit but which still does not exist.


But Goodale argued that the UK’s resistance to hormone-treated beef is unscientific and further warned that Ottawa could stand in the way of the UK joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement , an 11-nation alliance of which Canada is a Member of Parliament, should it become necessary. Despite the apparent implication, he insisted that he did not think a negotiation would be a “obstacle” to another, but admitted that the possibility existed.

Canada and the UK have been negotiating the trade deal since before Brexit, when the deal was supposed to be between Canada and the EU, and it is said that Ottawa could try to extract more concessions from London in due to its relative size. However, Goodale asserts that Canada would not regard the United Kingdom as a “weaker partner” just before admitting that his country probably wouldn’t give an inch on other issues, like cheese imports.

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