September 16, 2020
USA Poultry & Egg Export Council: China suspends second poultry plant over COVID-19
The USA Poultry & Egg Export Council said China has imposed a suspension on poultry imports from OK Foods in Fort Smith, Arkansas state after COVID-19 cases were detected among its workers, Reuters reported.
The OK Foods facility is the second poultry plant suspended by China after China banned imports from a Tyson Foods poultry plant in June.
Jim Sumner, president of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council, said the industry group disagrees with the import suspensions as there is no proof that COVID-19 coronavirus can be transmitted through poultry meat.
China has recently imposed import suspension on overseas meat plants that have reported COVID-19 cases among its workers.
OK Foods did not respond to comment requests. The company is owned by Mexico's Industrias Bachoco.
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said the Arkansas plant has been suspended from exporting their products to China beginning September 13.
According to the Arkansas Department of Health, the OK Foods plant reported as of August 31, 234 workers have tested positive for COVID-19. The department said the OK Foods plant has currently no more than five active COVID-19 cases.