China requests Canada to suspend the issuance of certificates for meat exported to China, the Chinese embassy in Canada spokesperson said in a press briefing on Wednesday.
The Chinese Customs authorities have inspected ractopamine residues in a batch of pork products exported from Canada to China.
The Chinese side immediately suspended the import of pork products from the relevant enterprises and required the Canadian side to carry out investigation.
The subsequent investigation revealed that the official veterinary health certificates attached to the batch of pork exported to China were counterfeit and the number of forged certificates was up to 188. The Canadian side believes that this incident is a criminal offence.
These forged certificates were sent to the Chinese regulatory authorities through Canadian official certificate notification channel, which reflects that the Canadian meat export supervision system exists obvious safety loopholes.
In order to protect the safety of Chinese consumers, China has taken urgent preventive measures and requested the Canadian government to suspend the issuance of certificates for meat exported to China since June 25, the spokesperson said.
China hopes Canada would attach great importance to this incident, complete the investigation as soon as possible and take effective measures to ensure the safety of food exported to China in a more responsible manner.