China says beef import suspension unrelated to China-Australia relations

China suspends beef imports from Australian firm, but says the move is not related to strained diplomatic ties between the two countries.
calendar icon 28 August 2020
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Reuters reports that China’s decision to suspend beef imports from an Australian firm is due to case-specific factors and has nothing to do with the relations between the two nations.

Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian made the comments at a daily news briefing in Beijing.

China made the move to suspend imports of beef from Australian firm John Dee Warwick after it detected a banned substance in some of the company's products.

The General Administration of Customs said in a statement late on Thursday 27 August it had requested a full investigation and a report to China within 45 days from the Australian side after it detected chloramphenicol, a banned substance, in beef loin from the company.

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Source: Reuters

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