China rejects pork imports from N-America
China has rejected imports from Canadian and US pork processing plants
because its products contain a feed additive. Industry insiders believe the move
is in response to a North American crackdown on Chinese goods.
The shipment contained 42 metric tonnes of frozen pig
parts - kidneys and pork chops - and was rejected in August, China's state-run
Xinhua News Agency said.
Chinese authorities found residue of
ractopamine, a growth stimulant, in the 18.4 metric tonnes of frozen pork
kidneys from the US and 24 metric tonnes of frozen pork chops from
Canada. Increase lean meat
spokeswoman for the Canadian Maple Leaf Foods, confirmed that pork shipments
from the company's facility in Brandon, Manitoba, to China have been suspended
because the products contain ractopamine, used to increase lean meat in swine.
The Brandon plant is the only Canadian operation affected, Chinese
authorities suspended imports from ten plants in the US. Three other Canadian
facilities and 11 plants in the US are under investigation. Trade
"Industry certainly believes that this is a trade action that's
being launched against not only the Canadian industry, but the US," Jones said.
Canada approved the use of ractopamine for some types of hogs in
early 2006, while the additive was cleared in the US about seven years ago.
China has banned ractopamine since 2002. Related
â€¢ Maple Leaf
â€¢ Xinhua News Agency
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