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·         China Suspends Poultry Imports From Tyson Foods Plant In Arkansas

·         China bans some US chicken, shuts Pepsi plant to fight virus

·         Tyson announces testing results for Washington & Benton County facilities

·         Beijing’s Latest Virus Outbreak Disrupts Tyson Foods and PepsiCo

·         Nearly 95 percent of Tyson Foods employees with COVID-19 were asymptomatic, company says

·         Food exporters to China asked to declare produce coronavirus-free

·         China Says Food Unlikely to Be Cause of New Virus Outbreak, but Blocks Tyson Imports

 

 

China Suspends Poultry Imports From Tyson Foods Plant In Arkansas

 

Jason Slotkin, NPR

June 21, 2020

 

China is halting the import of poultry from a Tyson Foods plant in Arkansas following an outbreak of coronavirus cases at the facility.

 

The nation's General Administration of Customs office made the announcement on Sunday, saying shipments from the plant would be temporarily suspended, while products that have already arrived will be seized.

 

Tyson Foods confirmed to NPR that the announcement pertains to its Berry Street facility in Springdale, Ark., where 227 workers tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this month. All but four of them were asymptomatic, according to Tyson.

 

The company said that tests of its facilities in northwest Arkansas showed that 481 employees, or 13% of 3,748 employees, had tested positive. The company said 455 of those employees (95%) were asymptomatic.

 

In a statement, Tyson Foods said it was investigating reports of the suspension.

 

"At Tyson, our top priority is the health and safety of our team members, and we work closely with the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service to ensure that we produce all of our food in full compliance with government safety requirements," the company said…

 

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https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/06/21/881408578/china-suspends-poultry-imports-from-tyson-foods-plant-in-arkansas

 

 

China bans some US chicken, shuts Pepsi plant to fight virus

 

AFP

via Yahoo News - June 21, 2020

 

China banned imports from a top US poultry producer and ordered a Beijing Pepsi factory to close Sunday as authorites clamped down on food production and distribution amid a new coronavirus cluster in the capital.

 

Health officials also reported 22 new virus cases in Beijing, where they have tested more than two million residents as they seek to contain a wave of new infections linked to a wholesale market in the capital.

 

Imports of frozen chicken from Tyson Foods have been "temporarily suspended", the General Administration of Customs said, after a virus outbreak was found at one of the company's production facilities in the US.

 

Products from the firm that have already arrived in China will be confiscated, the statement said.

 

US food and drinks giant PepsiCo was also ordered to shut down one of its snack-making plants in Beijing after several employees tested positive, company spokeswoman Fan Zhimin said.

 

She added that 87 close contacts had been traced and quarantined.

 

More than 220 people have so far tested positive from the new Beijing clusters that have been traced to chopping boards used to handle imported salmon at the city's Xinfadi market.

 

The market supplies more than 70 percent of Beijing's fresh produce and has been closed, with officials on Friday advising citizens to dispose of frozen seafood and bean products bought there.

 

Officials on Friday also announced a nationwide campaign to inspect all fresh products coming from "high-risk countries" following reports of new virus clusters at plants in Germany and the US.

 

Authorities are targeting those who work in restaurants, supermarkets, markets and food delivery couriers for testing, according to Gao Xiaojun of the Beijing Municipal Helth Commission.

 

Dozens of communities have also been sealed off in the city to contain the spread, with residents told to avoid non-essential travel and schools closed.

 

- One million tests - ...

 

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https://news.yahoo.com/beijing-reports-22-virus-cases-millions-tested-055718774.html

 

 

Tyson announces testing results for Washington & Benton County facilities

 

KHBS (AR)

Jun 19, 2020

 

SPRINGDALE, Ark. —

 

Tyson Foods, Inc. announced the results of coroanvirus testing at its facilities in Benton and Washington Counties on Friday, June 19.

 

According to a news release, of the 3,748 team members tested, 481 tested positive for COVID-19, 455 were asymptomatic.

 

A Tyson spokesperson said the company is pursuing community outreach efforts to educate team members on the risks of COVID-19, and how to stay healthy at work and at home.

 

Northwest Arkansas COVID-19 Testing Results by Facility ...

 

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https://www.4029tv.com/article/towson-kids-create-healthcare-superheroes/32911361

 

 

Beijing’s Latest Virus Outbreak Disrupts Tyson Foods and PepsiCo

 

By Marion Dakers and Michael Hirtzer, Bloomberg

June 21, 2020

 

China suspended poultry imports from a Tyson Foods Inc. plant where hundreds of employees tested positive for Covid-19, stoking concerns over the broader implications for U.S. and global meat exports.

 

All products from the plant in Springdale, Arkansas, where Tyson is based, that are about to arrive in China or have arrived at the country’s ports will be seized by customs. The suspension announced Sunday is an about face from just a few days ago, when Chinese officials said food was unlikely to be responsible for a fresh virus outbreak in Beijing.

 

The move is a potential new threat to meat plants across the world that have seen slaughter disruptions because of the virus. In the U.S., hundreds of workers have become ill, and dozens have died. There’s also been a recent uptick in infections at facilities in Brazil and Germany.

 

If China continues to suspend shipments based on coronavirus cases reported at processing plants, it could also threaten to undermine promised agricultural purchases as part of the Washington-Beijing trade deal.

 

Tyson in a statement Sunday said it was looking into the report and cited that the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say there’s no evidence that virus transmission is associated with food. The company late Friday said 13% of its workers tested positive for the virus at plants in northwest Arkansas.

 

China has backed off from its previous stance linking food to virus cases. A customs official at a briefing on Friday said the country was taking the advice of international organizations that there’s a low risk of imported food transmitting the virus, and no food restrictions would be imposed.

 

But the move to block the Tyson shipments runs counter to that, and reverts the country back to increasing its scrutiny over imported food. Meanwhile, a German abattoir last week voluntarily halted pork exports to China after workers were found to be infected.

 

A new outbreak in China had been blamed on imported salmon...

 

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-06-21/tyson-pepsi-among-companies-hit-by-fallout-of-beijing-outbreak

 

 

Nearly 95 percent of Tyson Foods employees with COVID-19 were asymptomatic, company says

 

by KATV (AR)

June 19th 2020

 

LITTLE ROCK (KATV) — Tyson Foods, Inc. announced the results of coronavirus testing at its facilities in Benton and Washington Counties on Friday, according to KATV content partner 40/29 News.

 

Of the 3,748 team members tested, 481 tested positive for COVID-19, and 455 were asymptomatic.

 

A Tyson spokesperson said the company is pursuing community outreach efforts to educate team members on the risks of COVID-19, and how to stay healthy at work and at home.

 

The list of testing results by facility:

 

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https://katv.com/news/local/nearly-95-percent-of-tyson-foods-employees-with-covid-19-were-asymptomatic-company-says

 

 

Food exporters to China asked to declare produce coronavirus-free

Declaration puts onus on exporters for product safety

 

By Dominique Patton, GFM Network News

via Canadian Cattlemen - June 19, 2020

 

Beijing | Reuters — China’s customs authority has asked food exporters to the country to sign a declaration their produce is not contaminated by the novel coronavirus, three people who received a letter said on Friday.

 

The declaration, seen by Reuters, may be an effort by China to reduce the additional testing it has carried out on imported foods over the last week and make exporters responsible for guaranteeing their products’ safety, one meat importer who had signed it said.

 

He declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the issue.

 

The French pork industry association Inaporc also received the notice, an official said.

 

China’s General Administration of Customs did not immediately respond to a fax seeking comment.

 

The declaration says the exporter is willing to comply with Chinese laws and guidance from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization to ensure food imported into China is not contaminated with the virus that causes COVID-19.

 

“In the event that a new case/suspected case of COVID-19 is detected in a food enterprise, or if there is a risk of contamination of food products exported to China, we are willing to take all necessary measures to eliminate food safety risks and protect consumer health,” it adds.

 

Beijing began testing imported food for the coronavirus after an outbreak in a wholesale food market last week.

 

In Tianjin, the primary port for Beijing, authorities are testing all containers of meat, importers said.

 

More than 30,000 samples of meat, seafood, vegetables and fruit were tested between June 11-17. All tested negative for the coronavirus, customs said on Thursday...

 

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https://www.canadiancattlemen.ca/daily/food-exporters-to-china-asked-to-declare-produce-coronavirus-free/

 

 

China Says Food Unlikely to Be Cause of New Virus Outbreak, but Blocks Tyson Imports

 

By Marion Dakers and Michael Hirtzer, Insurance Journal

June 22, 2020

 

China suspended poultry imports from a Tyson Foods Inc. plant where hundreds of employees tested positive for Covid-19, stoking concerns over the broader implications for U.S. and global meat exports.

 

All products from the plant in Springdale, Arkansas, where Tyson is based, that are about to arrive in China or have arrived at the country’s ports will be seized by customs. The suspension announced Sunday is an about-face from just a few days ago, when Chinese officials said food was unlikely to be responsible for a fresh virus outbreak in Beijing.

 

The move is a potential new threat to meat plants across the world that have seen slaughter disruptions because of the virus. In the U.S., hundreds of workers have become ill, and dozens have died. There’s also been a recent uptick in infections at facilities in Brazil and Germany.

 

“There are worries in China over serious coronavirus outbreaks in the U.S.,” said Lin Guofa, a senior analyst at Bric Agriculture Group, a Beijing-based consulting firm. The public is worried about imported frozen products as almost all cases in Beijing have been connected to a meat and frozen fish wholesale market, he said.

 

A new outbreak in China had been blamed on imported salmon after the head of a food market where clusters were detected said the virus had been traced to a chopping board used by a fish seller. Fears over whether food can transmit viruses had led salmon to be boycotted in the Asian country.

 

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