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Ritz Promotes Canadian Beef, Canola In China

In addition to promoting Canadian wheat in China, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz made advances of behalf of Canadian beef and canola producers.

China agreed to formally lift the ban on Canadian boneless beef under 30 months (UTM) and tallow for industrial use, effective July 3. The move coincided with Ritz’s third trade mission to China this year.

“There’s a world of opportunity for our producers in China, and that future is built on a history of strong trade partnership,” Ritz said in a news release July 5.

“This is a vital step forward in the breakthrough agreement that will see Canada’s safe, high-quality beef back on Chinese store shelves and more black back on the bottom line for producers.”

Ritz also pressed Chinese officials to remove access restrictions on imported Canadian canola crop. China imposed new phytosanitary certification rules on Canada’s canola last November, citing concerns about blackleg.

China is the world’s No. 1 producer and consumer of agriculture products, according to a news release.

With a growing population of 1.3 billion, China represents tremendous market potential for Canadian agriculture and food products.

China is Canada’s third-largest trading partner after the U. S. and European Union, with two-way trade of more than $50 billion and $3.1 billion in agriculture and food.

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