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RPT-UPDATE 1-Canadian pork industry says 'some validity' to rumor China has lifted import block

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OTTAWA, Nov 5 (Reuters) - Canada's pork industry said on Tuesday there is "some validity" to a rumor the sector had regained access to China, its largest market, some four months after Beijing, citing falsified paperwork, blocked pork shipments.

"We are aware of the rumor that Canada pork has regained access to the Chinese market," the Canadian Pork Council said in a statement.

"This rumor appears to have some validity and we are awaiting further details. Canadian pork producers are pleased that the issues preventing the export of pork products to China have been resolved."

A federal agriculture department spokesman and the Chinese embassy in Ottawa had no immediate comment.

Chinese officials halted imports of Canadian pork and beef on June 25 after "counterfeit" veterinary health documents were discovered. Canadian officials confirmed they had found "inauthentic export certificates."

Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said in early July Canada had offered a plan to reassure China about the security of its meat export system in an attempt to "reopen the market as soon as possible."

China's blocked the pork imports as tensions with Canada heightened, starting in December 2018 when Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Co, was detained in Vancouver on a U.S. arrest warrant. She has denied any wrongdoing and Beijing is demanding her return.

China has also blocked imports of Canadian canola seed. (Reporting by Kelsey Johnson, additional reporting by Rod Nickel in Winnipeg and Steve Scherer in Ottawa Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Richard Chang)