Ministry result

China blocks four beef factories in Brazil – agriculture ministry

SAO PAULO: China has temporarily suspended beef imports from four Brazilian slaughterhouses, two operated by JBS SA and two by rival Marfrig, according to a statement sent to Reuters confirming the decision.

The suspension was announced by the General Administration of Customs of China and is effective immediately. The Chinese government did not specify the reasons for the ban on beef factories.

“The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Supply confirms that it received the notification from the Chinese authorities on Tuesday regarding the suspensions.”

According to an industry source speaking on condition of anonymity, one of the banned factories is located in the municipality of Promissao, in the state of Sao Paulo. It is prohibited to export to China for four weeks.

The Marfrig factory in Varzea Grande, Mato Grosso, is suspended for a week, according to the same source.

The source also said that JBS suspended two units, one in Senador Canedo, Goias state, and another in Lins, Sao Paulo state, for a week.

Marfrig declined to comment on the matter. JBS did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Beijing’s move comes hours after Brazilian and Chinese officials met and agreed to advance the bilateral trade agenda, in talks that included signing a protocol to export Brazilian corn to China.