CHINA BANS CHICKEN FROM TYSON FOODS, SHUTS DOWN PEPSI PLANT

China banned imports from a top US poultry producer and ordered a Beijing Pepsi factory to close Sunday, June 21, as authorities clamped down on food production and distribution amid a new COVID-19 outbreak in the Chinese capital.


Health officials also reported 22 new virus cases in Beijing, where they have tested more than two million residents as they seek to contain a wave of new infections linked to a wholesale market in the capital, the Agence France Presse (AFP) reported.

Imports of frozen chicken from Tyson Foods have been "temporarily suspended," the General Administration of Customs said, after a virus outbreak was found at one of the company's production facilities in the US. Products from the firm that have already arrived in China will be confiscated, the statement said.

US food and drinks giant PepsiCo was also ordered to shut down one of its snack-making plants in Beijing after several employees tested positive, company spokeswoman Fan Zhimin said. She added that 87 close contacts had been traced and quarantined.

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