Senasa, the Argentine food quality and safety regulator, said on Wednesday that Argentina has suspended exports of products from these factories to China after it discovered that employees of six meat processing plants were infected with the new crown virus.
China is the main export destination of Argentine beef. China has been restricting meat imports due to fear of new coronavirus infection. Some countries in South America are currently experiencing severe epidemics, including important food-producing countries Argentina and Brazil.
Senasa Commissioner Carlos Alberto Paz said that China requested the Argentine government to provide commercial security during the epidemic, so it decided to suspend exports.
According to data from the Argentine Ministry of Agriculture, 76% of the 328,170 tons of beef exported from the country from January to May were shipped to China. In 2019, Argentina exported nearly 634,000 tons of beef to China.