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Geoduck exporters complicated by Hong Kong

CANADA
Friday, January 30, 2015, 03:40 (GMT + 9)

B.C. geoduck exporters were forced to stop their daily shipments to Hong Kong due to a ban issued by Chinese authorities citing unacceptable levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP). This is especially disadvantageous since this is the time of the year, Lunar New Year eve, in which this shellfish is in high demand and fetching its top prices in China. Paulo Demee of Evergreen International Foodstuffs Ltd, which has exported geoducks to Hong Kong since the 1990s, stated, “We lost a couple of shipments. They just got destroyed in Hong Kong and we suffered the total losses,” Vancouver Sun reported. On his part, James Austin, president of the Underwater Harvesters Association, said, “We are probably at 50 per cent production right now.” The leader recalled that by mid-January, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) had sent a proposal to Ho... FULL STORY

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