Bi-lateral trade talks between Canada and U.K. suspended over Canadian meat, no extension to temporary measures

Multiple rounds of bi-lateral trade deal talks between Canada and the United Kingdom have hit a roadblock.

On Thursday, the U.K. decided to suspend negotiations with Canada ahead of the next meeting in February, after Canada decided not to extend a special quota for U.K. cheese imports and country-of-origin rules – temporary measures put in place after Britain’s departure from the European Union.

The decision also comes as both sides remain far apart over Canadian meat standards and practices, specifically hormone-treated beef and pork.

Cattle organizations, such as the Canadian Cattle Association, have maintained Canada’s beef standards are widely regarded as one of the best in the world, and add Britain’s concerns over hormone-treated meat are not science-based.

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