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· Government of Canada hosts roundtable discussion with pork and beef sector stakeholders
· Afesorgbor: China ban forces pork, beef producers to scramble for new markets
Government of Canada hosts roundtable discussion with pork and beef sector stakeholders
The Pig Site
4 July 2019
Canada is one of the world’s largest agriculture and agri-food exporters, that sends about half of our domestic food and agricultural production worth over $65 billion to more than 180 countries worldwide. The Government of Canada recognises the importance of Canada’s pork and beef industries, with $6.5 billion worth of pork and beef being exported in 2018 alone.
On 3 July, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification, hosted a roundtable with leaders from the pork and beef sectors.
The roundtable discussion gave stakeholders the opportunity to share information, and have a productive exchange about current market access issues with China. The Government of Canada is working proactively with the pork and beef sectors to ensure that they will be able to sell their high quality products in as many global markets as possible, including China.
The Government of Canada will continue to work tirelessly to restore full market access for Canadian products to China, while also advancing Canada’s Trade Diversification Strategy. Canada has a strong reputation as an efficient and reliable supplier of high-quality products, which has helped to build the confidence and trust of buyers from around the world.
Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food said...
Afesorgbor: China ban forces pork, beef producers to scramble for new markets
Sylvanus Kwaku Afesorgbor, Brendan McDougall & Jiahao Zhu, Special to Postmedia Network
via The London Free Press (Canada) - July 5, 2019
The China-Canada relationship has been deteriorating following the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, the Huawei chief financial officer.
She faces possible extradition to the United States on charges of helping Iran evade American sanctions. Apart from detaining two Canadians in retaliation, the diplomatic rift also has had negative consequences for bilateral trade between Canada and China.
There has been a direct adverse effect on Canada’s agri-food sector. First, there was the ban of Chinese imports of canola from Canada. That ban derailed the cordial relationship that existed between the two countries.
But now, tensions have escalated with a Chinese ban on all meat from Canada over claims of 188 forged veterinary certificates and the discovery of ractopamine residues in a shipment of pork by a Canadian producer. The Canadian government has called in the RCMP to investigate a falsified export certificate.
Ractopamine is a feed additive used to promote leanness in animals for domestic consumption. Ractopamine is allowed to be used at a specified limit in North America, but it’s banned elsewhere, including China, Japan and the European Union.
The current ban may jeopardize the co-operative agreements between the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and China’s General Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine. That includes the deal signed in 2012 for Canadian beef, beef products, tallow and dairy.
Within the global livestock market, Canada is a major player, especially in the cattle and hogs sector. Canada is well-integrated in the global economy and its livestock industry is highly dependent on foreign market access to sell excess production.
For cattle and beef products, about 50 per cent of domestic production is exported. For hog and pork products, it’s more than 70 per cent, according the Agriculture and Agri-food Canada.
Livestock, including live animal, red meat and other animal products, accounted for more than 17 per cent of total agri-food export in 2016.
Canadian beef and pork exporters have become increasingly reliant on China. China is a significant player in the world meat market due to its huge population of more than 1.3 billion people. It’s also the world’s second-largest economy, with a GDP of about $13 trillion.
Chinese consumers have provided much-needed demand for Canadian exporters. Exports have helped to maintain Canadian farm income and increase profit margins. So...
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