July 30, 2020


Another BRF meat plant suspended from export to China


BRF said exports from its poultry plant in Dourados, Mato Grosso do Sul to China was suspended by the China's customs authority due to COVID-19, Reuters reported.


This is the second meat plant suspended from export to China by the General Administration of Customs China (GACC). The other suspended facility is a pork plant in Lajeado, Rio Grande do Sul.


BRF said it learnt of the suspension through GACC's website, adding that it is in discussion with authorities in Brazil and China to reverse the suspension.


The suspension was confirmed by Brazilian agriculture ministry, but no company or location was named.


Other major Brazilian meatpackers like Marfig and JBS SA also had their plants banned from export to China following COVID-19 outbreaks among their workers. The companies said COVID-19 cannot be transmitted via food.


Brazil's agriculture ministry said six meat plants have been suspended from export to China.


BRF said random COVID-19 tests were conducted by Chinese agencies among 227,900 food samples from different companies and companies, but there was no positive detection.


The company said it had implemented health and safety protocols for its workers, in addition to contingency plans for all its meat plants in Brazil and overseas.


-      Reuters