China bans meat purchases from three Brazilian exporters for a week

Brasília, April 15 (Reuters)The General Administration of China Customs (GACC) has suspended imports from three exporters of Brazilian beef – JBS SA JBSS3.SAmarfrig MRFG3.SA and Naturafrig – for a week, Valor Economico newspaper reported, citing a statement sent to the Brazilian embassy in Beijing.

The decision affects four factories located in Mato Grosso and São Paulo and will take effect on Saturday.

According to the statement, technicians have identified the presence of nucleic acid of the new coronavirus on the outer packaging of four batches of frozen products from these companies sent to China.

The decision concerns the JBS slaughterhouse in Barra do Garcas in Mato Grosso and the Marfrig factories in Varzea Grande in Mato Grosso and Promissao in Sao Paulo, as well as the Naturafrig slaughterhouse in Pirapozinho, also in the state of Sao Paulo. .

The companies did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Last week, the GACC suspended imports from two Brazilian beef factories and a poultry producer, also for a week starting April 8. This ban concerned a JBS beef factory in Goias, a Marfrig beef unit in Mato Grosso and a chicken factory in Sao Paulo belonging to Zanchetta, which is not listed.

(Reporting by Anthony Boadle; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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