One for all

To best profit from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), North American manufacturers should be aiming at one product, one package and one label for U.S., Mexican and Canadian markets, according to the North American Alliance, which includes the trade associations GMA, Food and Consumer Product Manufacturers of Canada and ConMexico.

Barriers to this model include differences in the U.S. and Canadian regulatory systems, particularly with nutrition labeling formats, nutrients added to foods and health claims. Member companies suggested that the associations portray these issues as trade barriers in discussions with their respective regulatory agencies.

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