OTTAWA — China on Tuesday requested that Canada suspend all meat exports to the country after a Canadian probe unveiled forged certificates tied to certain shipments of pork.
The move comes as tensions escalate between Beijing and Ottawa, following Canada’s decision to arrest a senior Huawei Technologies Co. executive in December. China had already banned the import of Canadian canola seed, restricted imports of pork products from certain plants, and detained and arrested two Canadian men on national-security grounds.
According to a statement posted on the website belonging to the Chinese embassy here, China said the probe’s findings — which were relayed to officials in Beijing — identified “obvious safety loopholes” in Canadian inspections of export-bound meat. The investigation was launched after Chinese customs agents found traces of a feed additive, ractopamine, in a shipment of Canadian frozen pork. Ractopamine is banned in China. China banned further pork shipments from the Quebec-based processor.