33 min agoChina halts poultry imports from Tyson Foods after reports of coronavirus cases among workers
From CNN’s Philip Wang and Hira Humayun
Chicken manufactured by Tyson Foods is seen at a supermarket in Shanghai in 2019. Alex Tai/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
China halted poultry imports from top meat processor Tyson Foods on Sunday after hundreds of Tyson workers in the US tested positive for coronavirus.
On Friday, Tyson released a statement saying a total of 693 workers in the US were tested positive in coronavirus.
“Of the 3,748 team members who were tested onsite, 481 or 13% tested positive – of whom 455 or nearly 95% were asymptomatic – with wide variations among the percentage of positive cases at these facilities. This is in addition to 212 positive cases among team members identified by the Department of Health or when seeking care through their own health care providers," a statement from Tyson said.
China’s General Administration of Customs said imports of frozen chicken from Tyson Foods have been "temporarily suspended.” Products from the firm that have already arrived in China will be confiscated.
Authorities in China are moving swiftly to contain the second wave of coronavirus outbreak.
As of Sunday, Beijing has confirmed 227 coronavirus cases that have been traced to the city's Xinfadi market.