The Canadian Pork Council (CPC) is denying reports it will help limit hog exports to the United States to ward off oversupply in the fourth quarter of this year.

Martin Rice, executive director of the CPC says his group doesn’t have that kind of power.

The CPC met with the National Pork Producers Council and their Mexican counterparts recently. They discussed the possibility of a price crisis the end of 2002.

But Rice says potential solutions didn’t include trying to hold back Canadian pigs.

Instead, the focus was on efforts to open up Canadian slaughter capacity by adding weekend shifts or extra day shifts, says Rice.

The three countries will try to encourage added meat storage, he says.

The trio also agreed to monitor the packing industry for signs of trouble that could lead to strikes or closures.