China has not escalated canola seed dispute with Canada: Ottawa

FILE PHOTO: Canola seeds are seen after they have been harvested on Barry Lang's farm near Beiseker
FILE PHOTO: Canola seeds are seen after they have been harvested on Barry Lang’s farm near Beiseker, Alberta, September 27, 2013. REUTERS/Todd Korol/File Photo

April 3, 2019

OTTAWA (Reuters) – China has not escalated a dispute with Canada over the export of canola seeds and comments by the Canadian farm minister on the matter have been misunderstood, an agriculture ministry official said on Wednesday.

China has blocked imports from two major Canadian exporters and on Tuesday Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said a third company had received a Chinese notice of non-compliance. Notices to all three exporters were actually issued in January, said the official.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren)

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