Canadian Manufacturing

Nicaragua opens border to Canadian beef and pork

The Central American nation banned Canadian beef after the BSE outbreak in 2003.

OTTAWA—Canadian livestock producers can now export their beef and pork to Nicaragua, according to an announcement by Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Minister of International Trade Ed Fast.

“Our government understands that opening new markets to increase exports of our world-class beef and pork creates jobs and economic growth,” said Minister Ritz.

“Every international market opened means more dollars returning to the farm gate and another great opportunity for our livestock producers.”

Full access for Canadian beef is now restored after being shut out in 2003 due to Canada’s infamous outbreak of Mad Cow disease. This is the first time Nicaragua has accepted Canadian pork.

In 2011, Nicaragua imported $1.6 million of beef and $17 million of pork.

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