August 27, 2020


Brazil-based meat plant Aurora stops exports from one plant to China



Central Cooperativa Aurora, the company accused by Shenzhen, China authorities of having COVID-19 coronavirus traces in its exported frozen poultry products has voluntarily stopped exports to China from its Xaxim, Santa Catarina state poultry plant, Reuters reported.


Aurora is the third biggest pork and poultry processor in Brazil. The tainted shipment was produced at Aurora's Xaxim, Santa Catarina plant.


China's General Administration of Customs website showed Aurora's Xaxim, Santa Catarina plant has stopped exports to China from August 20. The plant is also suspended from exports to Hong Kong.


The ban from exports to Hong Kong was implemented on the same day Aurora announced COVID-19 tests to be conducted on its 11,000 workers at four meat plants starting August 21.


The company said it stopped exports from its Xaxim poultry plant temporarily to reassure authorities in China.


ABPA, Brazil's meat lobby supported Aurora's announcement as Shenzhen authorities verify claims of COVID-19 coronavirus traces detected on shipments from the closed plant.


Brazil's Ministry of Agriculture did not comment.


Meat exports to China from Aurora's competitors like Marfig, JBS SA and BRF SA were also suspended over concerns of COVID-19 coronavirus contaminations, especially as major outbreaks were reported in Brazilian meat plants.


-      Reuters