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Brazil beef and pork allowed back into Canada

Brazil beef and pork allowed back into Canada

Brazilian beef and pork products allowed back into Canada after being cleared free of foot-in-mouth disease.

By Andrew Joseph,

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has announced that Canada will be re-allowing in beef and pork from Brazil.

The meat products had been blocked from entering Canada over a recent spate of foot-and-mouth disease in Brazil.

While the beef is non-restrictive, the pork products still have a partial ban on them, as Brazil may only export pork from its Santa Catarina state—the only one free of foot-and-mouth disease without vaccination. The state of Santa Catarina accounts for over 50 percent of Brazil’s pork exports.

The announcement was made on March 14, 2022, with Brazil Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina Dias stating via a Twitter message: "We are in Ottawa and have just left the Canadian Ministry of Agriculture with ... great news: the opening up of the country's pork and beef market.”

The CFIA, in a statement to Reuters, said it has, as of March 11, 2022: "approved the import of raw and cooked poultry meat, pork and pH matured beef from Brazil."

Minister Diaz and her congregation had been in Canada to discuss fertilizers with potash companies and other suppliers. She noted that Brazil will now be able to export products to more than 200 markets around the world.

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