The U.S. and Canada on Monday announced an agreement to harmonize the technology used for wholesale meat cuts.

Under the agreement, both countries will adopt the U.S. Institutional Meat Purchase Specifications as the standard meat nomenclature.

"Adopting a common trade language is beneficial to industry on both sides of the border, and will enhance trade and opportunities for American producers," said USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service Administrator Anne Alonzo in a USDA statement. "Meat production in the U.S. and Canada is highly integrated, and this will benefit industry by reducing costs of maintaining separate inventories, and facilitate the efficient trade with our Canadian partners."

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