U.S. Lawmakers Allege Canada is Restricting MPC Imports
In a letter to U.S. Trade Rep Michael Froman and Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, two U.S. Senators are asking for an investigation of Canadian dairy import practices of milk protein concentrates.
Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D., Wis.) and Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) write: “We write to you today to urge you to investigate whether Canada’s recently announced National Ingredients Strategy and Ontario’s Class VI price programs are in keeping with Canada’s trade commitments to the United States…. Companies from our states inform us that they have already lost considerable export sales as a result of the Ontario dairy policy introduced this past spring.”
According to Baldwin and Schumer, the Ontario policies incentivize Canadian processors to use local milk and penalize them for using imported MPCs.
The National Milk Producers Federation and the U.S. Dairy Export Council lauded the Senators’ efforts.
Jim Mulhern, NMPF president and CEO of NMPF, states: “This letter comes at a critical time for both trade and the well-being of America’s dairy producers. We appreciate the Senators’ attention to the importance of holding one of our largest trading partners to its international commitments and the key role that the U.S. government must play in doing so.”
Tom Suber, president of USDEC, adds: “Canada has built up a deeply problematic track record of instituting program after program to intentionally erect roadblocks to dairy imports. This volatile situation with a country that should be one of our most reliable trading partners, given the strength of the U.S.-Canada relationship, cannot continue to erode the investments that U.S. dairy companies have made in shipping to this market.”
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