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China suspends poultry imports from second U.S. plant!

China suspends poultry imports from second U.S. plant!
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The USA Poultry and Egg Export Council said on Tuesday (September 15, 2020) that China has suspended imports from the OK Foods Poultry Plant in Fort Smith, Arkansas, due to a coronavirus case among workers.

China, the world’s top meat importer, has blocked products from several overseas plants in foreign countries as part of a concerted effort to control the spread of COVID-19.

The OK Foods plant is the second U.S. poultry facility to be blocked because of an outbreak among employees, after Beijing suspended imports from a Tyson Foods Inc TSN.N plant in June.

“We don’t think that either one of these two are justified, especially considering the fact that the virus cannot be transmitted in poultry meat,” said Jim Sumner, president of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council.

Chinese customs authority GACC suspended imports from the OK Foods facility, he said.

OK Foods, owned by Mexico’s Industrias Bachoco BACHOCOB.MX, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The Arkansas plant became ineligible to ship products to China on Sept. 13, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Source: Online/SZK

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