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Restart US pork trade to China, senators say

US secretary of agriculture Tom Vilsack and US trade representative Ton Kirk has been urged to hold China to its promise of reopening its markets to American pork exports.

Secretary Vilsack was urged by Democratic senator Amy Klobuchar and 18 other senators. Last week, China re-opened its borders to Canadian pork.


"Minnesota and pork producers across the nation should not continue to be unfairly denied access to Chinese markets," Klobuchar said. “I will continue to push the administration to hold China accountable for its commitments and to expand opportunities for US exports overseas.”


Influenza A (H1N1)
The discovery of the influenza A virus (H1N1) hurt the global demand for US pork. Several countries faced trade bans as China and other countries blocked their borders for pork trade, using the pretext of H1N1.


Following the US-China joint commission on commerce and trade in October, US officials announced that China had pledged to reopen its market to US pork and follow scientific guidelines for accepting imported meat.

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