China Suspends Canadian Pork, Beef Imports After Discovery of Banned Feed Additives

CHINA - Relations between China and Canada are now once again being strained as the former announced that it would no longer be accepting beef and pork imports from the latter.
calendar icon 2 July 2019
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Local media reports revealed that Chinese customs authorities apparently found traces of banned beef additives in a batch of pork products that were sent to the country from Canada.

According to China, its investigation into the Canadian meat imports also found that over 188 health certificates connected to various shipments were forged. Investigators also allegedly found Ractopamine residues in one batch of meat shipment that was sent from Canada.

The findings of its investigation have led the country to temporarily suspend all beef and pork imports to ensure the safety of Chinese consumers.

In a statement made by the Chinese embassy in Canada, China announced that it has been forced to take preventive measures to protect the safety of Chinese consumers.

The statement also requested that the Canadian government suspend its issuance of certificates for meat exporters to China. The letter also asked the Canadian government to initiate its own measures to make sure that food exported to China is safe and sent in a more "responsible manner."

Canada is reportedly launching its own investigation into the matter. The country is trying to first find out if the faked health certificates came from domestic producers or from the companies receiving the goods in China.

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Source: Business Times

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