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Canada to resume pork exports to China
China lifts import ban on Canadian pork
BEIJING - CHINA has lifted its bans on imports of pork products from the Canada, United States and Mexico, its quarantine bureau said on Tuesday, but analysts said the move would not likely lead to a surge of new imports.
Earlier in the year, China banned imports from the three countries on worries of outbreaks of H1N1 flu.
After assessment of risks, the bans were lifted, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said in a notice on its website.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, flying on Tuesday to China, welcomed the news but his government also said Beijing should also allow live pigs in.
"We are pleased that China has decided to no longer restrict Canadian pork," said Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. "We will continue to work with them to get our safe and top-quality Canadian pork to the dinner tables in China as soon as possible."
China is an important export market for Canadian pork producers who in 2008 exported 47 million Canadian dollars (45 million US) worth of pork and live swine.
Beijing halted imports after the swine flu was found to have infected a herd of 2,200 pigs in Alberta province in April, despite World Health Organization assurances that influenza does not affect the safety of properly cooked pork.
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