China suspends imports from OK Foods poultry plant

China has suspended imports from an OK Foods poultry plant in Fort Smith, Arkansas, citing a high number of COVID-19 cases among workers at the plant.

The ban on the import of products from the O.K. Foods plant was effective September 13, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Jim Sumner, president of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC), said his organization learned of the delisting of the OK Foods plant the same day it was announced. China’s decisions to delist both the OK Foods and Tyson Foods plants were surprising and “We’re working both with OK Foods and with Tyson in hopes of getting these suspensions removed. USAPEEC feels those suspensions are unjustified, because there is no scientific proof that COVID-19 can be transmitted through the products. “Just the fact that you have detected workers as testing positive, that doesn’t mean that the product being produced in that plant is not safe and wholesome,” said Sumner.