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China to suspend pork imports...as dispute with Ottawa deepens

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"China to suspend pork imports from third Canadian firm as dispute with Ottawa deepens"

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China will block pork imports from a third Canadian firm after a shipment was found to contain the banned feed additive ractopamine, the customs agency said on Tuesday, deepening a trade and diplomatic dispute with Canada.

Smithfield Pork was purchased by a Chinese company in 2013. And here China is importing even more pork? I realize it's a stupid question but how much pork do they need?

The other question I have is what the hell is ractopamine and who thought leaner pork would be a good thing? Seriously? 

I like fat in/with my pork products. It adds an unctuous level of yumminess that I'm not going to get from, say, a chicken. Give me a fat porker any day over a skinny one. Keep your ractopamine to yourself, bub.

The article says ractopamine is commercially called Paylean. So does the US allow Paylean in our pork products? How much of it is too much of it? Ho do we find out it's even in our pork? Does it have to be listed on an ingredient label? Or why not? 

So many questions!

 

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1 hour ago, Toliver said:

 

And here China is importing even more pork? I realize it's a stupid question but how much pork do they need?

A billion servings a week?  Probably more!

 

 

1 hour ago, Toliver said:

The other question I have is ... who thought leaner pork would be a good thing? Seriously? 

 

I blame the 1980's ... saturated fat fears and pork's 'the other white meat' re-branding.

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5 hours ago, Toliver said:

And here China is importing even more pork? I realize it's a stupid question but how much pork do they need?

 

The pork industry in China and Vietnam has suffered significant losses recently due to African swine fever: 

African Swine Fever Is Spreading Fast and Eliminating It Will Take Decades

“Pig Ebola” is spreading uncontrollably in China and Vietnam

 

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This is a really serious issue for the Chinese people: The epidemic has not yet crested,  so the piggy purchases are ongoing.  The central government strongly relies on full-bellied people, and with this inflation of pork prices? Not a happy thing. 

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Very sad if you are a pig.😓

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