winnipeg / reuters / Nicaragua has agreed to accept shipments of Canadian pork and beef effective immediately, the Canadian government said Jan. 2.
Nicaragua had halted imports of Canadian beef in 2003, after the discovery of mad cow disease, or BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) in a western Canadian herd. Many beef-importing countries halted beef trade with Canada that year as a result, although most have since resumed imports.
Canadian pork will now have its first access to Nicaragua, Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and International Trade Minister Ed Fast said in a statement.
In 2011, Nicaragua’s total beef and pork imports were worth $1.6 million and more than $17 million respectively.