Canada pig feet shipment ‘has banned drug ractopamine’

Source:Reuters-Global Times Published: 2017/5/31 22:38:40

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 said.

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 e-mail to the industry from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). The e-mail circulated on Monday and was obtained by Reuters.

The meat was shipped by privately held Olymel, and it was produced at its Vallee-Jonction, Quebec slaughter and processing plant, company spokesman Richard Vigneault said.

Olymel, one of Canada's two biggest pork processors, is investigating how it may have shipped the pork with ractopamine to China, Vigneault said.

The CFIA has temporarily stopped signing certificates that allow the plant to export to China, and asked the company to send back any other shipments that may be in transit to that country, spokeswoman Lisa Murphy said.

Chinese inspection authority General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine notified the CFIA on May 26 that the 27,000-kilogram shipment of frozen pork hocks, also known as pig feet, contained ractopamine, she said.

China, the world's biggest pork consumer, is one of Canada's biggest pork markets, importing 314,000 tons worth C$587 million ($436 million) in 2016, according to Statistics Canada.

The last time China detected ractopamine in a Canadian pork shipment, in 2015, it removed several Canadian processing plants from its list of eligible suppliers, said the Canadian Pork Council.

The CFIA certifies that Canadian pork sent to China is free of ractopamine, based on verification from farmers, feed mills and pork processors.

Chinese authorities have stepped up testing of Canadian pork for ractopamine as a result of the tainted shipment.


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