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China no longer taking Canadian pork products due to certificate issue

In 2018, Canada’s pork exports were valued at almost $4 billion, of which $514 million was exported to China, its third-largest export market.

On Tuesday Canadian pork producers were informed that China has suspended imports of Canadian pork products due to concerns regarding the validity of an export certificate. As a result, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has stopped issuing export certificates to China for all pork and beef products as of June 25, 2019.

In a statement released from the Chinese Embassy in Canada, China's decision was said to stem from “ractopamine residues” found in a shipment of Canadian pork products and “counterfeit” veterinary certificates on exported meat products.

The Canadian Pork Council says this halt in Canadian exports is not the result of a food safety concern but the misuse of Canada’s reputation as a supplier of safe quality products. 

“China is a very important market for Canadian producers. In 2018, Canada’s pork exports were valued at almost $4 billion, of which $514 million was exported to China, our third-largest export market. Sales in 2019 have increased by 50% over 2018 levels and this increased demand was reflected in higher prices for live hogs.

“The Canadian Pork Council, Canadian Meat Council and Canada Pork International, are working closely with government officials to better understand the situation and identify potential next steps. We are aware that Canadian government officials have been in contact with their Chinese counterparts and are hopeful this will lead to a quick resolution.

“Demand for pork products remains strong in China and Canada producers look forward to having the opportunity to continue to meet the needs of our Chinese customers.”

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