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China suspending pork imports from third Canadian firm as dispute with Ottawa deepens

The firm in question is Frigo Royal Inc, the agency said on its Wechat account. Ractopamine is used in some countries to make leaner pigs but China does not allow its use or tolerate residues in imported meat.
 
China will also strengthen inspections for the residue in all pork imports from Canada, the notice from the General Administration of Customs said. Quebec-based Frigo Royal did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
 
China halted pork imports from two other Canadian producers, Olymel LP and Drummond Export, in April because of labeling problems. It has also blocked imports of canola.
 
“It’s definitely not good news,” Canadian Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau told reporters, saying food inspectors were investigating the matter.
 
“My message to the exporters and the industry is to be very vigilant to make sure they respect all the rules of our export agreement with China,” she added.
 
Relations between China and Canada nosedived last December after Vancouver police detained Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Co, on a U.S. arrest warrant. Beijing is demanding her return.
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