July 6, 2020 / 6:57 AM / a month ago

FACTBOX-China suspends meat imports from various origins amid COVID-19 pandemic

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    BEIJING, July 6 (Reuters) - China has banned meat imports
from various processing plants in several countries in the past
month, a customs document showed, as the global coronavirus
pandemic hit the world's top meats processors.
    China most recently banned imports from two more Brazilian
pork processing plants and a pork plant owned by German meat
producer Westfleisch, according to a list on the website of the
General Administration of Customs, updated over the weekend. 
    The move comes as COVID-19 infections have reached more than
11.35 million globally, with 530,858​​ deaths.
    China's customs office had already suspended pork imports
from plants owned by German meat producer Toennies, and imports
of poultry products from a plant owned by U.S.- based meat
processor Tyson Inc.
    Imports of meat from three plants in Brazil also got banned
over concerns about the novel coronavirus.
    Below is a full list of plants banned from exporting meats
to China since the beginning of June. 
 Release   Details
 date      
 June 18   Plants of German food company Tönnies Group that has
           been hit by the novel coronavirus suspend exports of
           pork products to China from June 17
 June 20   China suspends imports of frozen pork and products
           from Rosderra Irish Meats Group Ltd from June 20 
 June 21   China suspends imports of poultry products from a
           plant owned by U.S.-based meat processor Tyson Inc
                   that has been hit by the novel coronavirus
           from June 21
 June 23   Plant owned by Brazilian beef processor Agra
           suspends exports to China from June 17
  June 23  Plant of Britain’s largest pork processor Tulip
           suspends exports of pork to China from June 17 after
           some workers confirmed with COVID-19 
 June 27   Brazil’s JBS Aves Ltda plant suspends exports of
           poultry and products to China from June 26
 June 27   China suspends imports from a beef plant in Várzea
           Grande, owned by Brazil's Marfrig from June 27 
 June 28   Plant owned by Frigorífico Rioplatense S.A.I.C.I.F,
           one of Argentina's leading beef processors, suspends
           exports of beef products to China from June 22 
 June 28   China suspends imports of pork products from a plant
           owned by Danisch Crown Fleisch GmbH, Germany, a
           subsidiary of Danish food processor Danish Crown
           from June 28 
 June 28   China suspends imports of poultry products from a
           plant of Brazil's Companhia Minuano de Alimentos
           from June 28
 June 28   China suspends imports of beef products from a plant
           in Canada owned by multi-national agriculture giant
           Cargill Inc from June 28
 June 28   China suspends imports of pork products from plants
           owned by Dutch companies Van Rooi Meat B.V., VION
           Groenlo B.V., VION Boxtel B.V., and Westfort V.O.F
           from June 28 
 July 4    China suspends imports of pork from Westfleisch SCE
           mbH Meat Center Coesfeld, a plant owned by German
           meat producer Westfleisch from July 4
 July 4    China suspends imports of pork from a plant owned by
           Brazilian food company BRF SA and a JBS-owned Seara
           brand plant from July 4
 July 4    Plant under British ABP Food Group, ABP Ellesmere
           suspends exports of beef to China from July 2
 July 4    Plant owned by Argentinian beef producer FRIMSA S.A.
           suspends exports to China from July 1
 July 4    Plant under Italian meat company Ghinzelli S.r.l.
           suspends exports of pork to China from July 1
 July 4    Dutch pork producer Westfort Vleesproducten suspends
           exports to China from June 28; China resumes imports
           from Dutch pork company Westfort V.O.F. from July 4
 
 (Reporting by Hallie Gu, Beijing Newsroom, and Tom Daly in
Beijing; Additional reporting by Ana Mano in Sao Paulo; Editing
by Jacqueline Wong)
  
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