U of G Prof. Sylvanus Kwaku Afesorgbor, an expert in agri-food trade and policy, discusses the problematic food imports from China with The Canadian Press, with articles appearing in several publications including the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail.
Some 900 food products inspected by Canadian officials in the last two years were found to have faulty labels, unmentioned allergens or contaminants like metals or glass.
Kwaku Afesorgbor said Canada would likely be slow to take enforcement measures against Chinese imports.
“Canada will always play to the rules and exhaust all democratic channels available through international trade agreements such as (the World Trade Organization). Any retaliatory action may result in trade war, and that may negatively affect the two countries.”
Kwaku Afesorgbor studies international trade, political economy, globalization and development, impact evaluation and applied econometrics, food and development.