MAA 2020-17: China: Dairy: Beijing wholesale market coronavirus (COVID-19) incident

Date of issue: 16 June 2020

Date of effect: Immediate

Previous advice: MAA2020-17

Attention:

  • Industries—Industry bodies - Dairy Australia, Dairy Export Industry Consultative Committee
  • Export establishments
  • Licensed exporters
  • Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment —Central and Regional offices

Purpose

To notify exporters of the temporary closure of the Xinfadi wholesale market in Beijing due to COVID-19 incident.

Summary of key points

  • On 13 June 2020, workers at a wholesale market (Xinfadi) in Beijing have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • The Xinfadi wholesale markets handle and process a range of imported and local seafood, meats and horticultural products. (https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/13-06-2020-a-cluster-of-covid-19-in-beijing-people-s-republic-of-china)
  • In response to these test results, the local government closed these wholesale markets.
  • At this time, there has been no official notification of any changes at the border for future consignments of imported seafood, meat, dairy and horticulture.
  • The department is closely monitoring the situation.
  • Exporters are advised to work closely with their importers in China to keep informed on changes in sales that may be impacted by this incident.

Food safety and COVID-19

Further information

Contact Export Standards if you have any queries.


The information provided in this advice is current at the time of writing and is intended for use as guidance only and should not be taken as definitive or exhaustive. The Commonwealth endeavours to keep information current and accurate, however, it may be subject to change without notice. Exporters are encouraged to verify these details with their importers prior to undertaking production/exports. The Commonwealth will not accept liability for any loss resulting from reliance on information contained in this notice.

Last reviewed: 16 June 2020
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