And Now China Bans Canadian Meat

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And now China bans Canadian meat, so what do you think is going to happen next? China claimed that they had found 188 ‘counterfeit’ veterinary certificates for meat that had been labeled that it was an import from Canada. Another reason for the ban by China was that some of this meat contained small amounts of ractopamine, which is a banned feed additive. Ractopamine can be used up to a specific limit in North America, but it has been banned in most parts of the world, including the European Union, Japan and China. Ractopamine is used to make meat leaner.

And now China bans Canadian meat, so what do you think is going to happen next? China claimed that they had found 188 ‘counterfeit’ veterinary certificates for meat that had been labeled that it was an import from Canada. Another reason for the ban by China was that some of this meat contained small amounts of ractopamine, which is a banned feed additive. Ractopamine can be used up to a specific limit in North America, but it has been banned in most parts of the world, including the European Union, Japan and China. Ractopamine is used to make meat leaner.

And now China bans Canadian meat, so what do you think is going to happen next? China claimed that they had found 188 ‘counterfeit’ veterinary certificates for meat that had been labeled that it was an import from Canada. Another reason for the ban by China was that some of this meat contained small amounts of ractopamine, which is a banned feed additive. Ractopamine can be used up to a specific limit in North America, but it has been banned in most parts of the world, including the European Union, Japan and China. Ractopamine is used to make meat leaner.

What Is Really Shocking

Is that meat producers in Canada do not use ractopamine in meat that is meant for international or domestic production. And the process of inspection of meat in Canada, is extremely rigorous and certification of approval of Canadian meat products is done only by CFIA veterinary inspectors. These certificates are all unique and consist of information and numbering that is very specific.

According to a Canadian official,

“The product’s origins are unknown. Somebody created, produced an inauthentic signed-off document to accompany a shipment that went into China and that shipment was not known to Canada, to CFIA. It might not even be (from) Canada. Who knows where it came from? We can’t speculate. It’s an investigation. And it could be somebody taking advantage of our reputation.”

What Canada Has To Say

Marie-Claude Bibeau, Agriculture Minister of Canada says,

“We have to reassure our Chinese partners for them to reopen the market. We proposed a plan with additional measures for the (meat) export system in a way to tighten it and raise awareness so they reopen the market as soon as possible.”

According to Jim Carr, International Trade Diversification Minister of Canada,

“Somebody is trying to use the Canadian brand to move product into the Chinese market. There is an investigation going forward. We’re taking it seriously and working very hard to get to the bottom of it. We want to know why this is happening, in whose interest this could be, and working with all of our partners to get an answer as fast as possible.”

Escalating Tensions Between Canada And China

Recently, after the arrest of the Chief Financial Officer of Huawei, Meng Wanzhou, tensions grew between China and Canada. Meng Wanzhou also goes by the names of Cathy Meng and Sabrina Meng. She could possibly be extradited to the USA, on charges of enabling Iran to evade sanctions imposed by America. According to a newspaper called the Global Times,

“Some Western countries are resorting to political means to resist Huawei’s attempts to enter into their markets. Arresting Meng Wanzhou is bringing terrorism to state and business competition.”

In retaliation to the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, China detained two Canadians. One was Michael Spavor, entrepreneur and the other was former diplomat, Michael Kovrig. Both have been accused by China of espionage.

What The Chinese Have To Say

China’s foreign ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, says,

“It is the responsibility of the Chinese government to ensure the safety of Chinese consumers and safeguard food safety in China. The relevant Chinese authorities are acting totally in accordance with law.”

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