CALGARY — The federal agriculture minister has announced $8.3 million to help support Canada’s beef industry.
The bulk of the funds announced in Calgary today will go toward Canada Beef, a marketing organization, to grow beef sales internationally.
Marie-Claude Bibeau says the move was not a reaction to an ongoing trade standoff with China.
The Chinese Embassy said last month that it asked Canada to suspend all meat exports after inspectors detected a feed additive residue.
Bibeau says her office is working around the clock to resolve the issue and conversations with Chinese officials are happening daily.
She says Canada has submitted a plan with China that she says she hopes will reassure the country enough to re-open the market soon.
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