Traders are aggressively seeking alternative markets for Canadian pork now that China suddenly banned Canadian pork.
Police have been called in to discover the source of fake certificates and pork sent to China. Apparently 188 fake export certificates were found.
It was the Chinese who identified ractopamine in a shipment of pork tongues from Frigo Royal of Ste. Hyacinthe, Que.
That prompted Chinese officials to say they would be checking every shipment of Canadian pork and soon after the fake certificates issue surfaced.
China bought $310 million worth of Canadian pork from January through April, making it Canada’s third-largest market by value. It is Canada’s largest pork market by volume.