China suspends imports from Brazil pork plant over coronavirus concerns

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SAO PAULO/BEIJING, Jan 4 (Reuters) – China has suspended imports from a Brazilian pork plant operated by privately owned Aurora Alimentos over coronavirus concerns, according to a statement from a meat trade group on Monday.

The Brazilian agriculture ministry confirmed that on Dec. 28 Chinese customs authorities enacted an import ban affecting Aurora’s plant, according to a separate statement sent to Reuters.

The agriculture ministry said China “requested information about COVID-19 cases at the plant,” without elaborating.

The Brazilian Animal Protein Association (ABPA) said it is supporting Aurora Alimentos and supplying Brazil’s agriculture ministry with information that Chinese authorities may need to reverse the ban.

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