Even though Country of Origin Labeling creates tension between U.S. and Canada livestock markets, Canada is adopting the U.S. Institutional Meat Purchase Specifications (IMPS). This makes meat cut names a little more uniform between the countries.
As of February 24, selected U.S. meat cut names can be used interchangeably with its Canadian counterpart.
USDA’s Agriculture Marketing Service Administrator, Anne Alonzo says adopting common trade language helps the industry on both sides of the border. She says agreeing on names will reduce costs of running separate inventories.
Before switching to IMPS, Canada followed the Meat Cuts Manual, which has differently named cuts.