China will soon resume Canadian pork imports in accordance with an agreement made between the two countries in December 2009, reported Xinhua, the Chinese government’s news agency. Canadian government statistics put the country’s pork exports to China at about US$42.15M in 2008, before a spring 2009 Chinese ban on Canadian pork went into effect over concerns about the H1N1 flu virus.


"When our government works to open and expand markets for Canadian producers around the world we always point to the clear [World Animal Health Organization] consensus that Canadian pork and beef is safe," Gerry Ritz, Canada’s agriculture minister, told a meeting of the World Animal Health Organization and Organization of Economic Cooperation in Paris. "We are pleased to continue our strong and respectful working relationship with China."