September 21, 2021


More than half of Canadian pork production suspended from exporting to China



Over 60% of Canada's pork production that was previously eligible for export to China is currently suspended due to COVID-19 cases in slaughter plants, according to a United States Department of Agriculture report.


Last year, China suspended the export eligibility of several slaughterhouses worldwide as a result of COVID-19 outbreaks in those facilities. A number of Canadian pork processing plants are awaiting resumption of export eligibility to China.


In many situations, COVID-19 cases date back several months and affected plants are not necessarily experiencing an active COVID-19 outbreak.


At present, there is no timeline for resuming export eligibility to China in these plants. The report also said that Canadian meat processors are voluntarily suspending exports to China if a COVID-19 case is identified at their plant.