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November 5, 2019 3:00 PM, EST

Trudeau: Canada to Resume Pork, Beef Shipments to China

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with reports in Washington on June 20, 2019. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

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Canada will resume shipments of pork and beef to China, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, signaling the Asian nation has lifted an import ban imposed earlier this year.

“Good news for Canadian farmers today: Canadian pork and beef exports to China will resume,” Trudeau said in a Twitter post Nov. 5. “Thanks to Ambassador Barton and the Canadian meat industry for their work on reopening this important market for our meat producers and their families”

China suspended all Canadian meat shipments June 25 after authorities discovered a certificate on a pork cargo had been forged. Canadian and Chinese officials launched investigations into the origin, although Canada’s Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said she hoped to restore exports before the investigation was complete.

In July, the Canadian Pork Council said Canada presented an action plan to China that addresses some of the Asian nation’s concerns and was waiting for a response.

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