Olymel and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency are investigating to determine how the banned growth promotant might have got into the pork shipment.
One of the possibilities is a farmer who cheated by importing Paylean from the United States.
The shipment came from Olymel’s plant at Vallee Jonction, a hog slaughter and cutting plant that employs about 1,500 people.
Olymel spokesman Richard Vigneau said hog farmers that market to Olymel are supposed to adhere to a strict protocol.
If they find a farmer who cheated, I think they ought to ban him for life from owning any pigs or working in any part of the pork-industry food chain.
Reuters news agency said China views the finding of ractopamine residue in the shipment of pig feet as a “systemic failure” of Canada’s certification program that “could affect future pork exports.”