BRF sees the second plant blocked in the Chinese poultry market
BRF, Brazil's largest poultry exporter has a second plant suspended from shipping to China due to coronavirus impacting meat plants in Brazil and the fear of COVID-19 transmitting through food. According to Reuters, the company was not formally notified of the suspension, but learned of it via a publication on China's Customs website and is now working with Brazilian and Chinese authorities to reverse the measure.
The number of Brazilian meat processors banned from the Chinese market reached 6 unit, with Marfrig and JBS joining BRF in this list. BRF said Chinese agencies have carried out random tests to identify the virus in 227,900 food samples from different countries and from multiple companies. "Nothing has been found so far," BRF said. Some other European producers have been banned in China due to COVID-19 outbreaks reported in their plants. So far, the number of foreign meat producers banned in China is 25. China has been stepping up its regulation of imported goods since coronavirus was reportedly found on a chopping board for imported salmon in Beijing's Xinfadi market, leading to a second epidemic outbreak in the city that had only recently been quelled.
Since last week, meat processors in China are required to have nucleic acid test certificates for meat imports. All meat imports should have proof of negative nucleic acid test results before being allowed to enter factories for processing, said the guideline presented by the country's State Council.
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