Thursday, May 2, 2019

China bans pork imports from two Quebec packers

China has suspended trade permits for two Quebec-based pork companies because of outdated paperwork.

Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said in an interview with Reuters news agency that she has not yet received an official notice from China of the permit suspensions, and would not identify the companies involved, but did say both are based in Quebec.

“We have to look into this,” she said by phone from Ottawa. 

“It might be only administrative. We might be able to deal with the situation easily. I can’t speculate on why the permits have been suspended.”

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency did say earlier that  it has implemented new paperwork and that China raised issues about outdated paperwork.