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Australia says China suspension of beef imports not tied to call for coronavirus inquiry

Christian Fernsby ▼ | May 13, 2020
China decision to ban imports from four of Australia's largest beef processors was not a response to Canberra's call for independent inquiry into the origins of coronavirus, Australia's Minister for Trade Simon Birmingham said on Tuesday.
Simon Birmingham
Minister   Simon Birmingham
Birmingham had earlier said in a statement that Kilcoy Pastoral Company, JBS's Beef City and Dinmore plants, and the Northern Cooperative Meat Company have been banned from exporting beef to China due to issues with labelling.

Topics: Australia China beef

The suspension of the beef shipments came as ties between Australia and China publicly soured, although Birmingham said he did not believe it was retribution by China over the call for an inquiry into the orgins of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.