Brazil says China bans three meatpacking plants amid COVID-19 pandemic. China’s General Administration of Customs has temporarily banned the import of meat from three plants in Brazil amid concern over the novel coronavirus, according to the agriculture ministry on Monday (June 29, 2020).
The ministry declined to name the companies affected by the decision and said China had not given a formal reason for the suspensions.
Chinese customs authorities have recently asked Brazil for information about some establishments exporting to China following reports in the Brazilian press about cases of COVID-19 among their workers, the agriculture ministry said.
All the information requested has been provided, the statement added.
According to a source familiar with the matter, a plant operated by Marfrig in the town of Várzea Grande was one of three suspended facilities.
According to a database on the ministry’s website, JBS’ chicken plant in Passo Fundo was banned by China on Friday and a plant operated by privately owned Minuano in the town of Lajeado was suspended on Monday. Find more…