Brazil-based meatpacker JBS announced that China has lifted bans on two of its meat plants, imposed in 2020 over coronavirus concerns.
The company said in a statement the lifting of the bans raised to 25 the total number of JBS plants in Brazil authorized to sell meat to China, with no other of its units currently facing restrictions.
The bans lifted concerned two JBS plants in Brazil’s southernmost state of Rio Grande do Sul, one in Três Passos and the other in Passo Fundo, where the company produces pork and chicken products, respectively.
Both plants faced outbreaks of the novel coronavirus among employees last year, leading to production disruptions and ultimately the Chinese suspension.
Purchases of meat from Brazil are now worth 58% of the South American country´s meat exports, the Brazilian Meat Producers Association (Abrafrigo) recently said.