• By The Financial District


China has suspended imports of beef from Australian firm John Dee Warwick after it detected a banned substance in some of the company’s products, the country’s customs administration told Reuters early on August 28, 2020.

The General Administration of Customs said in a statement late on Thursday it had requested a full investigation and a report to China within 45 days from the Australian side about the matter, Andrew Galbraith and Se Young Lee reported for Reuters. Australia earned the ire of China after it sought an independent inquiry into the origins of the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan City.

Chinese officials said they detected chloramphenicol, a banned substance, in beef loin from the company. Chloramphenicol is an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections, like conjunctivitis. It is also used to treat meningitis, plague, cholera and typhoid fever.

Earlier, China also banned shrimps from Ecuador, claiming the seafood contained COVID-19 virus, like imported chicken. Curiously, Wuhan City in Hubei province of China was the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in early December 2019, with the virus being brought to the US by 430,000 people who came in from China, as well as those who went home to the East Coast after being infected in Europe.