China bans US poultry imports, closes down Pepsi plant amid coronavirus
PepChina banned imports from top poultry manufacturers and ordered the shutdown of the Beijing Pepsi factory as officials held back food production and distribution.
The decision was taken as a new cluster of coronavirus reported in Beijing, the capital.
In Beijing 22 new infections have been identified, according to health officials. More than 2 million residents have been screened as a new wave of Covid-19 infections that are related to the Beijing wholesale market have been identified.
The General Customs Administration said Tyson Foods imports of frozen chicken have been “temporarily suspended” by authorities. The administration said this as a virus outbreak was detected in one of the US manufacturing facilities at the company.
The government has said it would confiscate goods that have already arrived from the US.
On the other hand, as one of the employees contracted coronavirus, pepsi firm PepsiCo was also ordered to close one of its snack-making plants in Beijing.
Fan Zhimin, a spokeswoman for the firm, said 87 close connections had been identified and quarantined.
More than 220 people have contracted coronavirus so far from the clusters in Beijing that have been traced to chopping boards used to handle imported salmon on the Xinfadi market in town.