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Meat industry concerned over China export ban

Pork and beef industry associations say they're working with the Canadian government to regain access to China after it temporarily banned Canadian beef and pork imports. The Chinese Embassy said Tuesday it asked Canada to suspend all meat exports. This came after Chinese customs inspectors detected residue from a feed additive that is restricted in China in a batch of Canadian pork products. A subsequent investigation found forged veterinary health certificates attached to the batch. The Canadian Meat Council says in a statement that the entire meat and livestock industry, including meat processors, is concerned about financial losses stemming from the ban. According to Statistics Canada, Canada has exported roughly $63.6 million in beef and veal, and about $310.2 million in pork to China as of April 2019. The CMC says it is working with the Canadian Pork Council, Canada Pork International and government officials to address the situation.

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