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Canada to resume pork exports to China

(Xinhua 2010-02-26)

OTTAWA: The Canadian pork products will be back on the Chinese market after Canada secured a certification agreement allowing pork exports to China, Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said on Thursday.

The minister made the announcement during his visit to the World Animal Health Organization (OIE) and Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris.

"When our government works to open and expand markets for Canadian producers around the world we always point to the clear OIE consensus that Canadian pork and beef is safe," he said.

"We are pleased to continue our strong and respectful working relationship with China. Access to the Chinese market is excellent news for Canadian pork producers and underlines the importance of recognizing international science-based standards."

In spring of 2009, China banned pork imports from H1N1-affected countries, including Canada. The ban was lifted during a visit by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to China in December.

According to a news release from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, China was an important market for Canadian pork valued at 45 million Canadian dollars (about $42.15 million) in 2008. Discussions on the Chinese imports of Canadian live swine were underway.



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.

Canadian Pork export to China

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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