China Bans U.S. Chicken Amid Coronavirus Scare
China Imposes Ban On Chicken From US Company: China on Sunday banned the import of chicken from Tyson Foods. However, it took this decision after it came into light that several employees of Tyson Foods have tested positive for Coronavirus. It is an attempt from China to contain a second wave of Coronavirus in their country. China was the epicenter of the Coronavirus outbreak back in November last year. Since then, the outbreak has turned into a pandemic and spread across the world. The situation is slowly coming back to normal in China, but the U.S. has suffered a big blow and has the maximum cases of the virus and is the current epicenter of the virus.
The U.S. Calls Foul Play On China’s Chicken Ban
The spokesperson of Tyson was not in line with this decision. He said, “There is no justification for taking such action. There are no food safety concerns. Tyson was (testing) proactively for worker safety and the community, and now they’re being punished by the Chinese for being so transparent. It is important to note that the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, USDA and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration agree that there is no evidence to support the transmission of COVID-19 associated with food.”
More Bans From China
The U.S. is not the only country to get these bans from China, and to avoid the second outbreak of Coronavirus in China; it banned salmon from Norway. Moreover, it also banned the import of pork from a German country. US-based soft drink giant PepsiCo had to shut down its plant in Beijing. However, it was because several of its employees tested positive for the virus. This is again a big blow for the U.S.
Tyson’s Word After China Ban
The Vice President of Tyson Foods gave his assurance on the safety measures of the company. He said, “The results across our Northwest Arkansas facilities, and the country more broadly, reflect how much is still unknown about this virus, which is why Tyson is committed to providing information to our local health officials and enhanced education to our team members. Through our inclusive approach to large-scale testing, we are finding that a very high level of team members who test positive do not show symptoms. Identifying asymptomatic cases helps the community since another testing is often limited to people who feel unwell.”