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Canada pleased by opened Chinese pork borders

Chinese officials indicated they would lift the A(H1N1) 2009-related ban on Canadian pork and pork products from Quebec, Manitoba and Alberta provinces. However, a ban will remain on live swine imports.

The announcement comes as Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper arrives in Beijing for his first official visit to China -- Canada's second largest trading partner after the United States, AFP is reporting.

"We are pleased that China has decided to no longer restrict Canadian pork," said Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. "We will continue to work with them to get our safe and top-quality Canadian pork to the dinner tables in China as soon as possible."

China is an important export market for Canadian pork producers who in 2008 exported 47 million Canadian dollars (45 million US) worth of pork and live swine.

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