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Canada Pig Feet Shipment Flagged in China for Banned Drug


(Reuters)

A Canadian shipment of pig feet to China, produced by Olymel LP, has tested positive for residues of banned growth drug ractopamine and may curb future trade, Canadian government and industry officials say.

China views the tainted shipment as a “systemic failure” of Canada’s program that certifies pork sent to China is free of ractopamine, and the situation “could affect future pork exports,” according to an email to the industry from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). The email circulated on Monday and was obtained by Reuters.

The pig feet were shipped by privately-held Olymel, and were produced at the its Vallee-Jonction, Quebec, slaughter and processing plant, company spokesman Richard Vigneault said. Click here to read more.