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China bans some US chicken, shuts Pepsi plant to fight coronavirus

Jun 21, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
BEIJING: China banned imports from a top US poultry producer and ordered a Beijing Pepsi factory to close on Sunday as authorites clamped down on food production and distribution amid a new coronavirus cluster in the capital.

US food and drinks giant PepsiCo was also ordered to shut down one of its snack-making plants in Beijing after several employees tested positive, company spokeswoman Fan Zhimin said.

Officials on Friday also announced a nationwide campaign to inspect all fresh products coming from "High-risk countries" following reports of new virus clusters at plants in Germany and the US. Authorities are targeting those who work in restaurants, supermarkets, markets and food delivery couriers for testing, according to Gao Xiaojun of the Beijing Municipal Helth Commission.

The chief epidemiologist at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention told reporters on Friday that the new outbreak had been "Brought under control", but Beijing would still see new cases.