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· China suspends bulk of Dutch pork imports after COVID-19 outbreaks
· China Halts Meat Imports From More Plants Amid Virus Tumult
China suspends bulk of Dutch pork imports after COVID-19 outbreaks
Reporting by Bart Meijer, Editing by William Maclean, Reuters
June 30, 2020
AMSTERDAM, June 30 (Reuters) - China has halted almost all imports of pork from the Netherlands, apparently motivated by COVID-19 outbreaks at some of the largest Dutch slaughterhouses.
China banned meat delivered by four of the largest Dutch abattoirs as of Sunday, Dutch government spokeswoman Elise van den Bosch said on Tuesday.
China gave no specific reason for the June 28 ban, but workers at all of the four abattoirs have recently been infected with the new coronavirus, she said.
“Clearly, China is looking for the source of its second wave of COVID-19 infections, which they might feel could come from imported meat”, Van den Bosch said.
“But there is no scientific evidence for the possible transmission of the virus through food or packaging materials.”
Slaughterhouses in the Netherlands, and elsewhere in Europe, are mainly operated by migrant workers, who work close to each other and often share cramped housing facilities. This has led to large coronavirus outbreaks at many of them in recent months.
The four companies affected by the ban normally deliver the bulk of the pork shipped from the Netherlands to China…
China Halts Meat Imports From More Plants Amid Virus Tumult
Source: The General Administration of Customs of China/Bloomberg News
via Regina Leader-Post (Canada) - Jun 30, 2020
(Bloomberg) — China suspended meat imports from more plants as the Asian nation continues to sow confusion in global agriculture markets by suggesting a potential link between the spread of coronavirus and food.
Customs authorities suspended imports from plants in countries including Brazil, Canada and Germany, according to a notice on a departmental website. While China didn’t provide a reason for the suspension, most, if not all, of the facilities had one thing in common: Covid-19 outbreaks.
The country has taken some unexpected steps in recent weeks, stirring controversy when its companies asked food suppliers around the world to sign a document attesting their cargoes meet safety standards to ensure they aren’t contaminated with the virus. Exporting nations and regulatory agencies have pushed back, declaring there’s no evidence linking infections to food.
“It is a great pity that we have ended up in this situation,” said Lars Albertsen, head of global sales at Danish Crown Pork, which had a facility in Germany suspended. “Unfortunately, the mentioning of the apparently positive tests last week has already meant that the Chinese authorities shut down the export of pork from the abattoir” with cases, he said.
The move comes shortly after an outbreak in Beijing was first traced to a chopping board used by a seller of imported salmon. The country’s National Health Commission said there was no evidence showing the fish was either the origin or intermediate host for the virus, but salmon was still removed from major supermarkets. China’s custons department didn’t respond to a fax seeking comment.
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