Monday, 22 June 2020 06:39

China Halts Some US Poultry Imports Amid Virus Fears

Beijing announced Sunday it was halting poultry imports from a plant in the United States where employees have tested positive for the coronavirus.

The plant is located in Springdale, Arkansas, and owned by American poultry company Tyson.

Tyson spokesman Gary Mickelson said the company was looking into the issue.

"It is important to note that the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, USDA and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration agree that there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food," he told Reuters in an email.

China also stopped importing pork products from a German company, Toennies, last week after an outbreak of the coronavirus was reported there, affecting hundreds of workers.

China increased its scrutiny of the foods it imports since a cluster of coronavirus cases was linked to a wholesale food market in the capital more than a week ago.

Beijing is under a partial lockdown as a new wave of COVID-19 infections has been confirmed and has stepped up scrutiny of imported products.

In November of 2019, China ended a five-year ban on U.S. poultry imports.


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