National Editor Tom Karst recently chatted with Bob Keeney, deputy administrator of fruit and vegetable programs for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service. Read the entire chat on the Fresh Talk blog.
3:01 p.m. Tom Karst: You helped to lead a session or two at the Jan. 30-31 stakeholder meeting of the U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council. What do you take away from the meeting?
Keeney3:01 p.m. Bob Keeney: We were quite fortunate that one of issues that was defined by Canada and the U.S. had to do with the financial protection issue that the two countries and the two industries have been dealing with probably over a decade now.
What we have been seeking on behalf of the U.S. industry is a similar provision in (Canadian) regulations that would protect sellers in the case of slow pay and bankruptcy of buyers.
There is no provision currently in their licensing and arbitration system and also in the Dispute Resolution Corporation, which is a private corporation. There is no provision in the DRC that really addresses this issue.