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Trudeau Taking Canola Issue ‘Very Seriously’ as China Blocks More Shipments

(Canadian Press)

China has blocked imports of canola seed from a second major Canadian exporter.

China’s General Administration of Customs announced Tuesday on its website that its officials have detected several hazardous organisms in shipments of canola from Viterra Inc.

It says shipments from Viterra have been blocked to prevent the introduction of pests to China. Viterra did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“Obviously we take very seriously the situation around canola and the Chinese decisions,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters in Winnipeg on Tuesday. Click here to read more.