China Suspends Pork Imports From Two Canadian Companies, Agriculture Minister Says

(Rod Nickel & David Ljunggren – Reuters)

Canada’s agriculture minister says that department officials have told her the Chinese government has suspended the export permits of two Canadian pork exporters, both based in Quebec.

In an interview with Reuters on Wednesday, Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said that she has not yet received an official notice from China of the permit suspensions and would not identify the companies involved.

“We have to look into this,” she said by phone from Ottawa. “It might be only administrative. We might be able to deal with the situation easily. I can’t speculate on why the permits have been suspended.”

A spokesperson with the Canadian Pork Council also said it was aware of the suspensions, and that the council was seeking clarification on the issue in order to correct it. Click here to read more.