Sask producers voice criticism of Health Canada labelling on ground beef and pork

Saskatchewan producers are voicing opposition to a proposed Health Canada label on ground meat.

Health Canada has outlined plans to put front-of-package labels on packages of ground beef and pork, warning consumers they contain high levels of saturated fat.

The chair of the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association, Arnold Balicki, says beef and pork cuts are exempt, but if ground up, it is to be labelled.

He fears a negative reaction from consumers.

Balicki calls the decision misguided and wrong.

Balicki says the assessment is based on raw product, but much of the fat is removed through cooking.

A final decision by Health Canada is expected by the end of the month.

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