The federal government has released a statement addressing concerns being raised by the beef and pork sectors:

Our Government recognizes that getting pork and beef to market is important to the sector and to the economy.

Canada’s focus is on working with China to reassure them of the integrity of Canada’s certification process, and to resume exports of Canadian meat products. CFIA officials continue to engage with Chinese officials to resolve this issue as soon as possible.

A Pork and Beef Government–Industry-Stakeholder working group has been created to develop strategies to strengthen the sector and ensure it is able to respond to changing global market conditions and improve its ability to take advantage of market diversification opportunities. This is just one of the ways we are taking a collaborative, coordinated and forward-looking approach to ensure our meat sector continues to thrive now and in the future.

In addition to that, we continue to look to diversify our markets. With the CPTPP and CETA, Canadian farmers and producers have preferential market access to an estimated 1.5 billion consumers in more than 50 countries.

Under our new trade agreement with Asia and Pacific countries, pork and beef exports are on the rise and we expect these trends to continue as key markets like Japan reduce barriers to trade.