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China says pest concerns justify ban on Canadian canola

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has not identified anything of concern.


March 6, 2019
By CBC News

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China is blocking some imports of the agricultural product canola from Canada due to fears of insect infestation, the Foreign Ministry said on March 6.

Earlier this week, one of Canada’s largest grain processors, Winnipeg-based Richardson International Ltd., said that China had revoked its permit to export canola. Now, China, which receives about 40 per cent of Canada’s canola exports, justified blocking Canadian canola saying it has found ‘harmful organisms’ in the product.

Canadian Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said in a statement the Canadian Food Inspection Agency conducted investigations after China issued notices of non-compliance on canola seed imports and it had not identified any pests or bacteria of concern. | READ MORE