Montreal based Lucyporc’s Yamachiche, Quebec hog slaughter and pork cutting plant has been granted approval to export pork products to the European Union.
Canada Pork International assistant executive director Martin Lavoie hopes that this will create interest among other companies in targeting that market. He says, while the approval process had been in place, it became less onerous with the 2005 signing of an equivalency agreement between Canada and the EU which allows the two regions to recognise each others pork processing facilities.
Plants that want to export to the EU have to meet Canadian standards plus a series of additional conditions to export to the EU. Since Ractopamine has been allowed in Canada, any company that is interested in exporting to the European Union has to get the “Paylean Free” segregation protocol.
• Canada Pork International