Canada has sold more pork to China than has the United States during the first quarter this year.
That’s only happened a few times before, reports the Globe and Mail.
“Rising affluence is driving China’s voracious appetite for pork, including parts of the pig – feet, elbows, innards – which command little value in most countries,” the newspaper reports.
At the same time, tightened environmental standards in China have forced farm closures and boosted demand for cheaper imports.
But there are some worries now because a shipment from Olymel flunked China’s test for residues of ractopamine (Paylean) which is banned in Canada and China, but allowed in the U.S.
About half of U.S. herds have gone off ractopamine in an effort to secure exports to China, including Smithfield Foods; Seaboard Foods, a division of Seaboard Corp; and Triumph Foods, a hog farmer cooperative. They are the biggest three in the U.S.