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

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

 

·         Coronavirus: Chinese officials say latest outbreak in Beijing 'is a European strain'

Officials claim the virus is from Europe but is a different, and older, strain to the one currently spreading in Europe.

 

·         China bans pork imports by German meat supplier over coronavirus concerns

… 657 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus at a slaughterhouse operated by The Tönnies Group…

 

 

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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Coronavirus: Chinese officials say latest outbreak in Beijing 'is a European strain'

Officials claim the virus is from Europe but is a different, and older, strain to the one currently spreading in Europe.

 

Sky News (UK)

19 June 2020

 

The recent outbreak of coronavirus in Beijing has been reported to be a European strain, according to Chinese officials who have released information about its genome sequence.

 

Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) official Zhang Yong revealed the early research data in an article published by the country's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.

 

"According to preliminary genomic and epidemiological study results, the virus is from Europe, but is different from the virus currently spreading in Europe," he said.

 

"It's older than the virus currently spreading in Europe."

 

China has been under pressure to make data on the recent outbreak public sooner rather than later, following criticism over how it handled the initial emergence of COVID-19 in the central city of Wuhan late last year.

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The country said it has also submitted its latest results to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

 

The US government has blamed the Chinese regime for not handling the original coronavirus outbreak properly and moving too slowly to contain the pandemic...

 

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China bans pork imports by German meat supplier over coronavirus concerns

 

CGTN (China)

8-Jun-2020

 

China's customs authorities have banned pork imports from German meat supplier Toennies Lebensmittel GmbH & Company KG starting June 17 due to coronavirus concerns.

 

A total of 657 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus at a slaughterhouse operated by The Tönnies Group in northwestern Germany, German authorities said on Wednesday.

 

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