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· Canadian and Chinese officials hold talks about canola as China targets pork
· Canada Fears Disaster as China Plans Increased Meat Import Inspections
Canadian and Chinese officials hold talks about canola as China targets pork
By Charlie Pinkerton, iPolitics (Canada)
Jun 6, 2019
The government’s food scientists spoke with officials from China’s customs agency about the stoppage of canola imports from Canada just hours after it was revealed that China plans on heavily scrutinizing pork products that enter the country from Canada.
On Wednesday, Reuters reported that China’s customs agency planned to increase inspections on meat and meat product imports from Canada, which Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau later clarified to be only on pork products.
China’s blocked imports of canola from Canada since March. It also suspended the import licenses of two of Canada’s largest canola exporters.
China’s trade actions against Canada have been linked to Canada’s arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, which authorities carried out on behalf of the U.S. in the Vancouver airport in December. The U.S. wants Wanzhou extradited to face allegations that she violated American trade sanctions against Iran.
Bibeau told a parliamentary committee on Thursday that officials from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) last spoke to Chinese officials on Wednesday night.
“We had a new conversation between scientists and specialists from CFIA, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and customs China,” Bibeau said.
Bibeau said there had been “a little time” between the previous discussions and those that were held last night, but that the agencies agreed to engage in more discussions moving forward.
“The conversation has been reactivated and yesterday we could feel that we were at a different level of getting into what we want to talk about,” Bibeau said.
Though phone conversations were “encouraging”, according to Bibeau, she says Canada’s officials are still pushing for an in-person meeting.
“We still believe it would be easier for our scientists to have a face-to-face discussion to understand the issues on both sides and to find a lasting solution,” Bibeau said.
Bibeau said the CFIA’s discussions with China’s customs agency on Wednesday were specific to canola.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday...
Canada Fears Disaster as China Plans Increased Meat Import Inspections
Jennifer Shike, FarmJournal's Pork
June 6, 2019
Canadian meat industry executives say China’s plans to boost inspections of imported Canadian meats and meat products could have “a disastrous effect” on their business.
China has already blocked imports of Canadian canola seed and temporarily suspended permits from two Canadian pork plants, Reuters reported. This comes at a time when Beijing is demanding Ottawa return a Chinese tech executive who is facing extradition to the U.S.
According to a Canadian agriculture ministry notice, the Canadian Embassy in Beijing had been informed that Chinese customs agents would open all containers of Canadian meat and meat products. In some cases, they would inspect 100% of the contents.
Why these measures? Chinese officials said it was due to “recent cases of non-compliance of pork shipments,” adding that the move was linked to the risk of African swine fever (ASF) and anti-smuggling measures, Reuters said.
The global livestock market is keeping tabs on China as ASF has destroyed millions of animals in the world’s top pork producing country since August 2018.
Although the Canadian Pork Council said the inspection issue was linked to problems with supporting documents and not food safety, the Canadian Meat Council (CMC), which represents major processors, has told its members to increase surveillance and compliance with all requirements” for exports.
During the first three months of 2019, China was Canada’s third biggest pork export market...