Canadian Pork Council

Canadian Pork Council

April 15, 2010 15:28 ET

Chinese Market Reopens to Canadian Exports of Live Hogs for Breeding Stock

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 15, 2010) - The Canadian pork industry welcomes today's announcement that the Canadian government has finalized an agreement to re-open the Chinese market to Canadian exports of live hogs for breeding stock. The Chinese market is important to Canada's pork and live swine exporters, with sales to China estimated at upwards of $50 million annually in pork sales.

 "This news is welcomed by Canada's pork industry," says Jurgen Preugschas, President of Canadian Pork Council (CPC). "The federal government has worked tirelessly to reopen this important market for our products. The development comes after many high-level interventions from Canadian government officials."

Some serious misunderstandings around the safety of pork existed due to the initial and unfortunate naming of H1N1 Influenza A as swine flu. Bans on imports of pork and swine from countries with human or animal cases of H1N1 do not comply with international standards. The World Health Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) all agree no additional trade restriction should be imposed on pork that has passed veterinary inspection.

Canada is the world's third largest pork exporter and represents 20% of world pork trade. In 2009 Canadian pork was exported to over 110 countries. Maintaining existing pork markets and opening up new market to pork is critical to the Canadian hog industry. The CPC continues to be a strong supporter of the Canadian government entering into a comprehensive free trade agreement with the European Union and finalizing bilateral free trade agreements with Colombia and Korea.

The CPC serves as the national voice for hog producers in Canada. A federation of nine provincial pork industry associations, our organization's purpose is to play a leadership role in achieving and maintaining a dynamic and prosperous Canadian pork sector.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Pork Council
    Gary Stordy
    Public Relations Manager
    613-236-9239 Ext. 277