Relations between China and Canada are strained due to China’s ban of Canadian canola and the arrest of two Canadian citizens there. Many in Canada believe China’s actions were in retaliation for Canada’s arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, under a United States extradition request. However, the pork situation is different and it should be resolved quickly, observers said. | File photo

Meat ban not political: sector

A Chinese ban on pork and beef should not damage Canada’s international reputation as a reliable supplier of safe and high quality food, said industry officials. Falsified export certificates on a shipment of frozen pork that landed in China earlier this month caused the ban, according to the Chinese government. The product also tested positive […] Read more

Canada supplied 12 percent of China’s pork imports in 2018 and even more this year, which makes the government’s decision to stop all Canadian meat imports that much more surprising.  |  Jason Lee photo

China’s meat import move risks stoking consumer anger

China’s rejection of all Canadian meat is a stunning act considering forecasts that pork prices there will rise 70 percent or more in the coming months, topping records hit in 2016, as its hog herd staggers under the onslaught of African swine fever. Pork is by far the most important meat in China and accounts […] Read more

World Pork Expo, held each June in Des Moines, hosts about 20,000 visitors over three days, including individuals and exhibitors from ASF positive regions. | Screencap via worldpork.org

World Pork Expo cancelled due to African swine fever

The National Pork Producers Council in the United States has cancelled the World Pork Expo planned for June in Des Moines, Iowa, because of fears of spreading African swine fever. The council’s board of directors took the unprecedented move in recognition that ASF continues to spread in China and other parts of Asia, as well […] Read more


TPP is critical for Canada's pork producers and processors, who export more than a $1 billion in pork annually to Japan. | File photo

Ag exporters worry about Ottawa’s TPP reluctance

Exporters of agricultural commodities and food are worried, very worried, that Canada will not be part of the new Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal. In a statement released today, the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance (CAFTA) said if Canada isn’t part of TPP, now known as the CPTPP, it could affect the “livelihoods of nearly a […] Read more

Proposed grading would emphasize marbling and flavour instead of leanness, similar to the way beef is labelled and promoted.  |  File photo

USDA proposes pork grading focus on flavour, texture

If adopted, the grading system would once again play up pork as a red meat and drop the white meat comparison

Pork is getting closer to becoming “the other steak” and backing away from being “the other white meat,” says a taste-focused pig genetics company. And it believes that’s the best news the pork market has had in years. “I think it’ll create an evolution. The premium will be for hard marbling, darker meat, closer to […] Read more


A staff member prepares to serve  pork steak at HyLife Pork Table, a pork dish restaurant operated by HyLife, a Canadian pig farmer and pork processor, at Daikanyama district in Tokyo, Japan. Last year, Canadian pork exports to Japan hit a record $3.812 million.  |  REUTERS/Issei Kato photo

Canadian pork satisfies Japanese appetites

TOKYO, Japan — Japan’s imports of Canadian pork are rising, said Tatsuo Iwama, ex-executive director for the Japan Meat Traders Association, which comprises 30 major Japanese meat traders. “Canadian pork meets Japan’s quality and price requirements,” Iwama said. Japan Ministry of Finance figures bear Iwama out. Imports of Canadian pork rose almost 20 percent last […] Read more

WH Group bought Smithfield in 2013 in a $4.7-billion deal aimed at tapping the massive supplies of U.S. meat for export to China. | Screencap via www.smithfieldfoods.com

Smithfield Foods goes online to sell U.S. pork in China

BEIJING, Oct 25 (Reuters) — The world’s largest pork company WH Group Ltd. said on Tuesday its U.S. subsidiary, Smithfield Foods, will for the first time sell its U.S.-produced pork online in China, via online retailer JD.com Inc. The move follows other international food companies that are looking to boost sales in the world’s top […] Read more

John Weber, the past-president of the U.S. National Pork Producers Council said pushing ahead with NAFTA re-negotiations is unwise because other policy issues should be dealt with first. | Robert Arnason photo

U.S. farm leader advises against hasty NAFTA talks

DES MOINES, Iowa — Negotiations to update the North American Free Trade Agreement could begin as early as August, and many people in the ag industry are hoping a new deal gets done quickly. However, the past-president of the U.S. National Pork Producers Council said pushing ahead with NAFTA re-negotiations is unwise because other policy […] Read more



Canada hoped to increase pork exports under the now-scuttled TPP deal, but now bilateral deals will be required.  |  File photo

Canadian pork sector eager to form trade deal with Japan

Canada exported $3.8 billion worth of pork last year, and with limited scope for domestic market growth, producers are putting emphasis on increasing that export amount. Frank Novak, chair of Alberta Pork, said the Canadian pork industry has reduced its reliance on the U.S. market, but trade deals with other countries will be vital to […] Read more