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· Tulip suspends exports after cluster of COVID-19 cases found at West Midlands site
… Tulip has confirmed that it has ‘voluntarily suspended all pork exports from the Tipton site’, although it is not giving any further details…
· Virus-Hit Meat Plants From U.K. to Brazil Stop China Exports
… China’s customs authorities said that a division of the U.K.’s Tulip Ltd. and a beef unit of Brazil’s Agra voluntarily stopped shipments..
Tulip suspends exports after cluster of COVID-19 cases found at West Midlands site
By Alistair Driver, Pig World (UK)
June 24, 2020
Tulip has voluntarily suspended exports from one of its sites in the West Midlands where a cluster of COVID-19 cases has been found.
To date, 10 workers among Tulip’s Tipton site’s 600-strong workforce have tested positive over the past three weeks since testing facilities became widely available, and three workers are currently self-isolating. The processor recently announced the site is closing, following a staff consultation.
Tulip has confirmed that it has ‘voluntarily suspended all pork exports from the Tipton site’, although it is not giving any further details.
The move comes as China has reportedly suspended imports from plants with large COVID-19 outbreaks, including a Tyson poultry plant in the US, while other plants around the world, including in Brazil and Germany, have voluntarily suspended China exports from affected plants.
In a statement, Public Health England (PHE) Midlands said is working with Sandwell Council, the HSE and local NHS colleagues, to support Tulip Ltd in Tipton, following confirmation of the cases. Any affected individuals are being asked to self-isolate at home for seven days, with members of their households to isolate for 14 days.
Dr James Chipwete, PHE Midlands Consultant in Communicable Disease Control said: “The management at Tulip Ltd are cooperating fully with public health professionals and members of the HSE, to protect the health and wellbeing of their workforce.
“We are dealing with a large workforce of almost 600 people, and despite putting a range of infection control measures in place to protect staff from potential exposure to COVID-19, there have been a number of cases among workers.”
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Virus-Hit Meat Plants From U.K. to Brazil Stop China Exports
Megan Durisin and Greg Ritchie, Bloomberg
via Yahoo Finance - June 24, 2020
(Bloomberg) -- The halting of a British pork plant’s sales to China after just a few workers contracted coronavirus highlights the risk that more facilities around the world could see exports disrupted.
China’s customs authorities said that a division of the U.K.’s Tulip Ltd. and a beef unit of Brazil’s Agra voluntarily stopped shipments to China after some workers tested positive. Tulip said three of its 640 workers at its Tipton, England, site tested positive -- a relatively small amount compared with recent outbreaks at meat plants in Europe and the Americas.
The news follows China’s suspension of poultry imports from a Tyson Foods Inc. plant in the U.S., where hundreds of cases were reported, and a German abattoir has also voluntarily halted pork exports to the Asian country. While food consultant Gira said some companies may have freely stopped sales to China to avoid risking a ban, it raises concerns about interruption to trade.
Further sales disruptions would be a blow to Europe’s pork industry. China accounted for more than half of exports from the European Union -- the world’s top shipper -- in the first four months of the year and is the U.K.’s top customer. Plus, meat products sold to China often aren’t popular in Europe.
“The way things are going, I think there will be more” export disruptions, said Max Green, a meat and livestock analyst at IHS Markit. “That’s four plants now in less than a week, and they’re not all located in one country.”
Though exports from most meat factories around the world remain unaffected, there’s been a rise in outbreaks at plants in the past few months. China stepped up testing of imported meat in June after tracing a domestic outbreak to the chopping board of a seller of imported salmon. The tests were negative and officials agreed with global experts that food trade was unlikely to be responsible, but there are signs buyers remain wary.
China asked meat exporters to send a letter declaring...