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Canada may be facing higher US dairy imports than estimated as a result of the yet-to-be-ratified Trans-Pacific Partnership, says Sylvain Charlebois, professor of distribution and food policy at the University of Guelph’s Food Institute. As well as affecting milk, the TPP agreement would allow for more imports of yogurt, ice cream and different types of cheese, he said. Canada’s protected dairy sector remains largely intact under the TPP but it was estimated another 3.25% of imports would be allowed over 5yrs, adding to the pressure from 17,700t of cheese permitted under a separate trade deal with the EU, with the increase in imports from 11 other TPP countries displacing about 250m litres of Canadian milk. Charlebois calculates TPP will increase dairy imports by at least 4%.