China to resume imports of Canadian beef and pork

China will resume imports of Canadian beef and pork, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday, some four months after Beijing blocked shipments amid an escalating diplomatic feud between the two countries.

“Good news for Canadian farmers today: Canadian pork and beef exports to China will resume,” Trudeau tweeted.

A spokesman at China’s foreign ministry confirmed on Wednesday that it had resumed allowing imports of the meat, adding that Canada has addressed the safety concerns it had and come up with a “rectification” plan.

“After China assessed this it believed that Canada’s rectification plan was basically in accordance with China’s demands to ensure safety, and agreed to resume acceptance of sanitary documents issued by the Canadian government’s competent authority for meat product exports to China,” spokesman Geng Shuang told a daily media briefing...

This was excerpted from the 5 November 2019 edition of Reuters Canada.