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Calzada Rovirosa: Mexico and Canada are Strategic Partners

The SAGARPA secretary also expects to win a precedent for Mexico's dispute with the United States on the export of tuna
By The News · 23 of February 2016 13:30:33
Canada's Agriculture Minister MacAulay speaks in the House of Commons in Ottawa, Canada's Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada, January 25, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie, No available

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Mexico and Canada are strategic partners, and this was demonstrated in the victory obtained before the World Trade Organization (WTO) regarding the labeling of beef in the United States, said the secretary of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA), José Calzada Rovirosa.

“The WTO agreed with us because we are operating under international rules. Meat labeling is already a story that has made history,” stressed the secretary, who expected to win a precedent for Mexico’s dispute with the United States on the export of tuna.

In an interview with reporters during the two-day tour of the capital, Calzada Rovirosa referred to the main topics discussed at his meeting with the Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food, Lawrence MacAulay.

Some of the points raised included building a channel with “more direct and specific” marketing between producers and buyers in Mexico and Canada, boosting exports of Mexican organic products, as well as asking Canada to grant Mexico the recognition of being a country that is free of classical swine fever.

The SAGARPA secretary stressed that the meeting with his Canadian counterpart was very positive. “We made good projects and there is a great expectation in the years to come.”