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·         China’s Pork Prices Are on the Rise Again

·         Pork prices rise slightly on slaughterhouse demand

·         China Halts Meat Imports From More Plants Amid Virus Tumult

·         China continues to sow confusion by halting meat imports over coronavirus fears

 

 

China’s Pork Prices Are on the Rise Again

 

Bloomberg News

June 30, 2020

 

Concerns in China over reemerging outbreaks of a deadly swine disease at a time when pork imports are expected to slide have pushed prices of the meat to their highest level in two months.

 

Wholesale pork prices jumped 5.1% last week, the biggest such gain in about eight months, according to data published by the commerce ministry. The meat is now trading at about 43.4 yuan ($6.14) per kilogram, the highest since April.

 

Chinese pork prices, a key component of the country’s inflation measure, had surged to record levels in November as the spread of African swine fever slashed supplies in the world’s biggest consumer of the meat. But as farms began to take control of the outbreak, prices had begun to ease as optimism grew that the hog herd will recover.

 

China had also been buying record amounts of the meat to fill its supply gap, with arrivals surging earlier this year. However, that may also slow after China’s customs department halted purchases from several overseas suppliers on concerns over imports after slaughterhouse employees from Brazil to Europe reported infections of the coronavirus.

 

Prices may continue to rise until the end of August at least, said Lin Guofa, a senior analyst at Bric Agriculture Group, a Beijing-based consulting firm. Expectations of low imports in the third quarter and concerns swine fever will hurt supplies in the fourth quarter are buoying prices, said Lin.

 

The direction of China’s pork prices not only impact agricultural traders and economy watchers, but also equity investors. Shares of Muyuan Foodstuff Co., the country’s second-largest hog breeder, rose more than 5% on Tuesday to close at a record high...

 

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Pork prices rise slightly on slaughterhouse demand

 

The Standard (Hong Kong, China)

30 Jun 2020

 

Pork prices in China increased last week as slaughterhouses increased hog purchases to stock up on pork ahead of the Dragon Boat Festival holiday, official data showed today, Xinhua reports.

 

From June 22 to 24, the average pork price index in 16 provincial-level regions tracked by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs was 46 yuan (US$6.5) per kilo, up by 2.4 percent week on week.

 

Since the beginning of this year, the government has been taking several measures to boost supply, including releasing frozen pork reserves and increasing imports.

 

To cushion the impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak, China has...

 

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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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China continues to sow confusion by halting meat imports over coronavirus fears

The move comes shortly after an outbreak in Beijing was first traced to a chopping board used by a seller of imported salmon.

 

Niu Shuping, Isis Almeida, Tatiana Freitas and Megan Durisin, The Print (India)  

30 June, 2020

 

Beijing/Chicago/Săo Paulo/London: 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.

 

Negative Tests ...

 

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https://theprint.in/world/china-continues-to-sow-confusion-by-halting-meat-imports-over-coronavirus-fears/