China suspends poultry imports from Tyson plant where workers tested positive
- The Chinese customs agency has suspended poultry imports from a Tyson processing plant in Springdale, AR after coronavirus cases were confirmed among its employees.
- The announcement gave no details of the quantity of meat affected.
- Tyson spokesperson, Gary Mickelson, noted that all global and U.S. health organizations, in addition to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, agree that there is no evidence to support transmission of Covid-19 associated with food.
- On Friday, Tyson Foods reported coronavirus testing results from Benton and Washington Counties, Arkansas, and said that approximately 95% of employees who tested positive for the virus did not show any symptoms.
- Of the 3,748 employees tested, 481 tested positive for Covid-19, and 455 were asymptomatic.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection seize nearly 20,000 lbs. of illegal meat
- S. Customs and Border Protection seized nearly 20,000 pounds of prohibited pork, chicken, beef, and duck products from China between the dates of April 6th and June 6th at the Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport.
- Most of the products were mixed in boxes of electronics in an attempt to smuggle the illegal goods.
- The U.S. pork industry has been sure to keep pork products from African swine fever-infected countries out of the U.S.
- China is currently fighting African swine fever, along with Classical swine fever, Newcastle Disease, Foot and Mouth Disease, highly pathogenic avian influenza, and Swine Vesicular Disease.
- S. Customs and Border Protection reported that during the first five months of fiscal year 2020, the interception of illegal meats from China at the Long Beach Seaport has increased 70% compared to year-ago levels.
Boxed beef prices update
- Choice boxed beef: $214.06 (+0.34)
- Select boxed beef: $204.30 (+0.39)