China stops importing poultry from Tyson Foods Due to COVID-19

Food Safety Tec reported that China's General Administration of Customs announced the suspension of imported shipments of poultry from the Tyson Foods plant in Springdale, Arkansas. The Tyson slaughterhouse had a confirmed cluster of coronavirus infections. China also suspended pork products from German pork processor Toennies last week following a COVID-19 outbreak among hundreds of its workers. Tyson reported that 3,748 employees were tested; 481 tested positive (13%). However, 95% of the positive employees were asymptomatic. Officials in China want the inspection process of overseas shipments ramped up, as they suspect that there might be contamination from COVID-19. The World Health Organization, the CDC, the USDA, and the FDA  all agree that "there is no evidence to support the transmission of Covid-19 associated with food." But Chinese health officials are concerned that the virus could be "hidden" on the packaging of imported frozen food products and vowed to strengthen inspections of all shipments from overseas. @

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