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China steps up Covid testing and controls for South American beef

South-American beef producers complain about increased controls by China, which has recently found coronavirus in beef imports

China steps up Covid testing and controls for South American beef
Cattle ranch in Mercado de Liniers, Argentina. Photo: Simon Mayer/Shutterstock

Last year, the coronavirus pandemic disrupted beef production across the world, as workers fell ill and plants were temporarily shut. In South America, outbreaks were reported at processing facilities in Brazil and Argentina, while workers in Uruguay went on strike.

Just as operations began to normalize, producers were faced with a new challenge, as China started detecting traces of coronavirus in beef imports. The latest wave of such reports came in November, when various Chinese cities said they had found the virus on beef sourced from Brazil, Bolivia, and Argentina. Similar findings resulted in the temporary suspension of exports...

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