The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomed today’s news that China has approved four additional Canadian processing facilities to export Canadian beef to China. This brings the total number of approved facilities to seven and should lead to expanded access opportunities for Canadian beef.
CCA President Martin Unrau said with the successful approval of the additional facilities now achieved by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) Market Access Secretariat, CCA’s priority for China will shift to further expand access to include bone-in under-thirty-month (UTM) beef.
“Canada has shipped enough high quality beef to China that meets their current specifications and we can do the same with bone-in UTM beef,” Unrau said. “Canadian producers are eager to tap this market, although volumes will likely continue to be impacted by the barrier around ractopamine despite the establishment of an internationally agreed maximum residue level by CODEX.”
The approved facilities are all smaller establishments, but each has indicated an interest in serving the Chinese market. These facilities may have the flexibility to meet the Chinese requirement that beef be produced from cattle that have not been fed beta-agonist growth promoters such as ractopamine.