China asks for suspension of Canadian meat, citing forged certificates

Share
China asks for suspension of Canadian meat, citing forged certificates

The forgery allegations against Frigo Royal Inc. come amid frosty relations between the two nations following Canada's arrest of a senior Chinese telecoms executive on a United States warrant and China's detention of two Canadian nationals in apparent retaliation.

China is suspending all meat imports from Canada amid their dispute over the Canadian detention of a top executive at the Chinese tech company Huawei.

An investigation into Canada's export certificates has revealed as many as 188 "counterfeit" veterinary health documents and the existence of "obvious safety loopholes", the Chinese Embassy in Canada said in a statement on its website.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has sought help from US President Donald Trump, who is supposed to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the upcoming G20 summit in Osaka, Japan and discuss trade relations that have been damaged by the ongoing tariff war.

"We hope the Canadian side would attach great importance to this incident, complete the investigation as soon as possible and take effective measures to ensure the safety of food exported to China in a more responsible manner", the Chinese embassy said in the post.

The Chinese have refused to talk to senior Canadian government officials, including Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland.

According to a statement released by China's embassy, a batch of pork from Canada was found to contain residues of ractopamine, a feed additive banned in many countries.

Canada's pork exports this year have so far jumped 50% over the 2018 level of C$514 million ($390 million), according to the statement from the Canadian Pork Council. This incident is specific to export certificates to China.

The agency, she added, "has taken steps to remedy the situation" while continuing to work with industry partners and Chinese authorities.

"The Canadian food system is one of the best in the world and we are confident in the safety of Canadian products and Canadian exports", she said. She confirmed that the agency had found "inauthentic export certificates". "Export certificates to other countries are not affected", Bibeau said in the statement.

Earlier this month, Reuters reported exclusively that China planned to boost inspections of imported Canadian meats and meat products.

Beijing had previously detained two Canadians - former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor - and blocked Canadian agricultural shipments worth billions of dollars.

The meat controversy comes amid soured Chinese and Canadian relations since the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, the finance chief of technology giant Huawei who is facing possible extradition to the U.S. where she faces charges of violating sanctions against Iran.

Share

Advertisement

Related Posts

Drones disrupt flights at Singapore airport for second time in a week
Drone sightings caused travel chaos at Gatwick airport in December, with about 140,000 passengers caught up in the disruption.

New Folau fund surges over $1 million in less than a day
The Australian Christian Lobby has launched a new page, to raise funds to fight Rugby Australia's decision to sack him. The issue has revived debate about the right to freedom of religious expression against restrictions on hate speech.

Pompeo-Modi talks have 2 problems - Iran and trade
India has mandated foreign firms to store their payments data locally, hurting companies such as Mastercard and Visa. The US reaction on the contentious deal came hours before US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's arrival in India.

New Jersey woman accused of killing identical twin sister
Hours before the stabbing attack, the twins smiled and posed with two friends for a photograph, which was shared on social media. In the images, Amanda and Anna are smiling and appear to be in high spirits. " You know the vibe ", she wrote below the picture.

Wickenheiser heads six-member Hockey Hall of Fame class
Listen, you need points and you got to score goals, but there's so much more to being a hockey player than just getting points. She wasn't always welcomed by players or their parents. "I think that Bob's idea was to bring in character and some talent".

CCTV shows mother driving towards children in a fatal 'game of chicken'
Prosecutors say surveillance video of the June 11 incident shows Stagg behind the wheel of an SUV, driving in reverse. Stagg was arrested on Thursday and appeared in probable cause court the following morning.

Watch the Official Free Meek Trailer from Prime Video
The trailer, just under two and a half minutes, premiered during the awards show and revealed the Friday, Aug. 9 release date. After a series of incidents in 2017, including a fight and popping wheelies on a dirt bike, Meek was arrested.

China, US trade officials talk ahead of Trump-Xi meeting
Yet, developments remain fluid and nothing has been formally agreed, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. However, the United States believes China will only gather data but not share it, a Japanese government source said.

Apple launches betas of iOS 13, iPadOS and macOS Catalina
Check out our guide on how to download and install the macOS 10.15 Catalina public beta for steps on how to get the software. After that, you will be redirected to the macOS Catalina page in the Mac App Store where you can download the installer.

United Nations slams Ethiopia failed deadly coup attempt
He was released from prison just a year ago , after receiving an amnesty from a 2009 coup attempt. Too strong a response risks derailing his reforms and angering a polarised population.

© 2015 ExpressNewsline. All Rights reserved.