China defends suspending meals imports over coronavirus considerations, says curbs meant to guard public well being

China defends suspending meals imports over coronavirus considerations, says curbs meant to guard public well being


China has suspended food imports from US, New Zealand, Argentina, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, the Netherlands and Russia after its customs officials said they found coronavirus on frozen meat and on packaging

China defends suspending food imports over coronavirus concerns, says curbs intended to protect public health

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Beijing: China’s government on Wednesday defended anti- Coronavirus

controls that have disrupted imports of beef, poultry, and fish from the United States, New Zealand and other trading partners.

Customs officials who say the coronavirus has been found on frozen meat and on packaging have imposed temporary suspensions on suppliers. That prompted complaints by China’s trading partners.

The reasonable and justifiable curbs are intended to protect public health, foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said.

China, where the pandemic began in December, declared the disease under control in March. It is trying to prevent new outbreaks caused by the virus being imported by travelers or on food.

The relevant measures China took are necessary following the spirit of putting peoples lives first and protecting peoples health, Zhao said.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand expressed confidence this week her country hadn’t exported meat with the virus after Chinese authorities said it was found on beef and packaging from Bolivia, Brazil and New Zealand.

In June, China temporarily suspended the import of chicken from US-based Tyson Foods Inc after the virus was found at one of its farms.

Other importers affected are from Argentina, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, the Netherlands and Russia. Other products include salmon and pork.

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