China Is Not Pleased with the Canadian Meat Exports. What Happened?

Officials from Canada are presently leading an investigation after the Chinese inspectors stated they discovered residue from restricted feed additives in pork products.  

Apparently, they discovered ractopamine, which is forbidden in China. Officials said that it could have an impact on the Canadian meat producers.  

How much beef does Canada give to China? 

According to some reports, in the first months of 2019, Canada has sent 7.66 million kg of beef for China. When it comes to money, that is about $63.6 million of veal and beef. 

We all know that China is Canada’s fifth customer when it comes to beef. The country comes behind the US, Japan, Hong Kong, and Mexico. The relation with China accounts for about 6% of all the meat exports. 

What about pork? 

China stands in its three place on the export market, behind the US and Japan. Producers from Canada exported 146 million kg in the first months of 2019. We are talking about $310 million worth of pork. This stands for 22% of the entire export market. 

Why is China not pleased with Canada’s services? 

According to the officials from China, the customs officials have discovered residues of the additive called ractopamine. They found it in a batch of pork products, which came from Canada. In China, this substance is banned. On the 14th of June, the Chinese officials have raised the problem to the Canadian officials. This was a red flag for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). They asked to review the certificates. After some research, CFIA has confirmed that the certificate was inauthentic. 

The Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau has stated that the suspect shipments with pork and the certificates did not come from Canada, but were misrepresented like that. She also assured us that the RCMP and Canada Border Services Agency are leading an investigation right now. 

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Meagan Kozlovs

About the Author: Meagan Kozlovs

Meagan Kozlovs is a reporter for Debate Report. She’s worked and interned at Global News Toronto  and CHECX. Megan is based in Toronto and covers issues affecting her city. In addition to her severe milk shake addiction, she’s a Netflix enthusiast, a red wine drinker, and a voracious reader.

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