China temporarily suspends JBS and Marfrig beef imports

beef Meat shop in China. Photo: CatwalkPhotos/Shutterstock
Meat shop in China. Photo: CatwalkPhotos/Shutterstock

China’s General Administration of Customs (GACC) has temporarily suspended beef imports from four meatpacking plants in Brazil. Two plants owned by Marfrig in the states of São Paulo and Mato Grosso had already been subjected to temporary bans recently. The other two plants impacted by the latest embargo, located in Goiás and São Paulo, are owned by JBS.

The Chinese authorities gave no reason for this ban, which is to last between one and four weeks and reportedly also affects meatpackers in Uruguay and Russia.

Last year, China imposed a 102-day ban on beef imports from Brazil after the discovery of two atypical cases of mad cow disease in the country. More recently, temporary import suspensions by the GACC have been linked to the discovery of Covid traces on the packaging.