China Blocking More Canadian Pork Shipments

China is blocking more Canadian pork imports, prompting more trade frustration between the two nations. China recently announced it would block pork imports from a third Canadian firm after China claimed a shipment contained ractopamine, according to Reuters. China does not accept pork that contains the banned feed additive. China will also strengthen inspection for ractopamine residue in all pork imports from Canada. China previously halted imports from two other Canadian firms over labeling concerns in April, and has also blocked imports of Canadian canola. Canadian Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says food inspectors are investigating the latest case, telling exporters to “be very vigilant” to “respect all the rules” regarding exports to China. In the first four months of 2019, China was Canada’s third-biggest pork export market, worth $310 million, according to Statistics Canada. China is also facing the lingering effects of African swine fever in its domestic pork market. Last month, China warned Canada that inspection would increase after “recent cases of non-compliance” in pork shipments.

 

 

From the National Association of Farm Broadcasters.