While China’s decision to ban imports from a single Tyson Foods’ poultry plant caused an outbreak of coronavirus, concerns about its impact on the American meat industry have increased if the action has been expanded to other plants.
In a brief statement issued about suspending imports from the plant in Springdale, Arkansas, Chinese customs officials did not indicate the extension of the ban. The country imposed a similar ban on the importation of pork from the German plant last week, where many workers tested positive for COVID-19, but But no hard action has been taken for this and it has spread among American workers.
USA Poultry and Egg Export Council President Jim Sumer said he hoped the move would not hurt the overall relationship with China, which was improving after the signing of a new trade agreement earlier this year.
“Hopefully it won’t make any sense,” Sumer said. “If it lives in just one plant, it won’t have any meaningful impact, but we don’t know what’s going to happen.”
On Monday A spokesman for the US Department of Agriculture is said that there was no found any evidence about the virus being transmitted by food or food packaging.
Tom Super a spokesman for the National Chicken Council said that This action is completely inappropriate for Chinese.
Sumer said that the time it takes meat produced in the United States to reach China will make it particularly difficult for any virus to survive.
He said, “It is not permeable in the flesh.” Plus, that product is frozen and spends 30 days en route to China for a container. So there is zero chance of a live virus from the US showing up in a frozen hen. Shipped halfway worldwide by sea carrier. “
Gary Mickelson (a Tyson Spokesman) is said the company is confident that its products are safe, and he hopes this issue can be resolved in trade negotiations between the two powerful countries.
Tyson announced that the results of coronovirus testing facilities available in Washington & Benton counties in Arkansas. They added 3,748 workers sample tested, 481 workers positive for COVID-19, and most of those workers showed no symptoms of the disease.
Arkansas Village. Asa Hutchinson called China’s move “very disturbing”, as no evidence found of the coronavirus from the food, and questioned created why the facility was not chosen.
Jeff Moon, a former assistant US trade representative for China and now a trade adviser, said the action could be a political move to remind the Trump administration how much the US relies on the Chinese market for exports, But for some it is difficult to tell what is behind the ban.
International trade was helped by China’s promise to buy US agricultural products for $ 40 billion per year under a trade treaty signed in January this year, although there are some questions about whether China has fulfilled that pledge. . China became the 4th largest market for US poultry in the 1st qtr after lifting a 5-year ban on those products.
Meat exports increased in the first three months of the Year 2020, despite the fact that dozens of meatpacking plants in the US temporarily closed after an outbreak of coronovirus among its workers. Chicken exports grew in the first quarter 8%. And the American Meat Export Federation Trade Group said that pork exports jumped 40% and beef exports rose 9% during the first three months in 2020.
Agricultural economist Gaylin Tonsor said things that jeopardize the Chinese market would negatively impact meat profits and livestock prices.
“If it is just a facility, the effects on the industry’s price are minimal.” But if it becomes companywide or many plants or many species, it starts killing a large part of our production, ”said Tonsor, who is based at Kansas State University.