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·         New Zealand's Ardern says no COVID on meat exports; checking Chinese claims

·         New Zealand says it has not been notified by Chinese authorities about COVID-19 in its meat

·         China claims it found coronavirus on beef and tripe from Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia and New Zealand

 

 

New Zealand's Ardern says no COVID on meat exports; checking Chinese claims

 

Reporting by Praveen Menon; Editing by Peter Cooney and Richard Pullin, Reuters 

November 15, 2020

 

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday she was confident no meat products were exported from the country with COVID-19, after Chinese authorities said they had detected coronavirus on its frozen beef products.

 

The Chinese city of Jinan said over the weekend it had found COVID-19 in beef and tripe, and on their packaging, from Brazil, Bolivia and New Zealand, while two other provincial capitals detected it on packaging on pork from Argentina.

 

Ardern said at a news conference that New Zealand was told there had been positive tests on packaging of beef products from Argentina, and some New Zealand products were in the same cold store where the positive tests had been returned.

 

“We were not advised that New Zealand products had themselves tested positive for COVID-19,” Ardern said.

 

“This is incredibly important to New Zealand. We are confident that our products do not, and are not, exported with signs of COVID on them given our status as essentially being COVID-free,” she added.

 

New Zealand successfully eliminated COVID-19 from the community twice...

 

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New Zealand says it has not been notified by Chinese authorities about COVID-19 in its meat

 

Reporting by Praveen Menon; Editing by Peter Cooney, Reuters

via WIN 98.5 Your Country | WNWN-FM | Battle Creek, MI - Nov 15, 2020

 

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand said on Monday it had not been notified of any issues with its frozen meat exports after Chinese authorities said the coronavirus was found in its beef products.

 

The Chinese city of Jinan said over the weekend it had found COVID-19 in beef and tripe, and on their packaging, from Brazil, Bolivia and New Zealand, while two other provincial capitals detected it on packaging on pork from Argentina.

 

"New Zealand has not been informed of this officially by the Chinese authorities," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said in a statement.

 

"New Zealand officials are working now to ascertain the origin and veracity of these reports."

 

Authorities in Jinan, capital of eastern China's Shandong province, said the goods involved were imported by a unit of Guotai International Group, and Shanghai Zhongli Development Trade. They entered through ports in Shanghai, they said.

 

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in an interview on state broadcaster TVNZ on Monday that she had been advised it was not New Zealand's beef that had COVID-19 in it...

 

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China claims it found coronavirus on beef and tripe from Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia and New Zealand

 

MercoPress (Uruguay)

November 16th 2020

 

The eastern Chinese city of Jinan said it has found the new coronavirus on beef and tripe, and on packaging for these products from Brazil, New Zealand and Bolivia as China ramps up testing on frozen foods.

 

The importers were a unit of Guotai International Group and Shanghai Zhongli Development Trade, the Jinan Municipal Health Commission said in a statement on its website late on Saturday.

 

The entry ports were Shanghai's Yangshan port Customs and outer port Customs, it said. The statement from the city in Shandong province did not name the companies that shipped the products.

 

More than 7,500 people who may have had contact with the contaminated products and other related personnel have tested negative for the virus that causes Covid-19, it said.

 

Chinese authorities last week found the coronavirus on the packaging of Saudi shrimp in Lanzhou city, Brazilian beef in Wuhan city and Argentine beef in Shandong and Jiangsu provinces. China is the world's top beef buyer and Brazil and Argentina its largest suppliers.

 

Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province in central China, detected coronavirus on the outer packaging of frozen pork from Argentina on Friday, local authorities said in a statement late on Saturday on the social media platform WeChat.

 

The samples that tested positive came from a 24-ton batch of frozen pork...

 

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