China to further examine Canadian meat imports

By Charles Lefebvre
June 4, 2019 - 5:24pm

OTTAWA, ONT. — China’s custom agency is planning an increase of inspections of Canadian meat and meat product imports.

The announcement, first reported by Reuters, was made Tuesday. Canadian officials say in some cases, 100 per cent of the contents will be inspected.

China is citing non-compliance with recent pork shipments, the risk of African swine fever as reasons and anti-smuggling for the increase, but agriculture officials in Canada say they’re concerned the move can seriously damage the agriculture industry.

China is currently in a diplomatic and trade dispute with Canada over the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou. The country has already banned imports of canola and temporarily suspended the import permits from two pork producers.

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