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China Rejects Canadian Canola Shipment Over Pest Contamination
USAgNet - 03/28/2019

Canadian farmers are facing an uncertain future after China escalated its feud over canola on Tuesday.

A statement on China's General Administration of Customs website said officials detected several hazardous organisms in canola shipments from Regina-based Viterra Inc. Viterra, which is part of Glencore Agriculture, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

According to, Winnipeg-based Richardson International Ltd. had its export permit revoked in March due to hazardous organisms allegedly found in the company's product. Since then, the Canola Council of Canada said all of its members have reported that Chinese importers are unwilling to purchase their products.

The result is uncertainty at the cusp of planting season, which begins in mid- to late-April for many farmers.

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