The board of the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), the major U.S. dairy industry association, is slated to decide on the group's position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) at its March 8 meeting, according to NMPF Senior Vice President Jaime Castaneda.
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Castaneda told reporters on Feb. 11 that NMPF would make its decision at the March board meeting, and confirmed the meeting date in a follow-up email. He spoke to reporters after an event on TPP and agriculture organized by the Washington International Trade Association.
During the event, Castaneda said he expected NMPF to take a national position on TPP instead of leaving it up to members to take individual stances.
He made clear that NMPF was disappointed with TPP's market access outcomes with respect to Canada and Japan, but strongly supportive of the chapter on sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures as well as procedural rules on geographical indications (GIs). The U.S. dairy industry was a major proponent of strong SPS and GI rules.