Hundreds test positive at Tyson Foods plant

ST PETERSBURG (AP) – Tyson Foods is looking into reports that China’s customs agency has suspended poultry imports from a Tyson facility in the United States (US) after coronavirus cases were confirmed among its employees.

A Tyson spokesman said on Sunday that the plant in question is in Springdale, Arkansas.

“At Tyson, our top priority is the health and safety of our team members, and we work closely with the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service to ensure that we produce all of our food in full compliance with government safety requirements,” wrote spokesman Gary Mickelson in an email to The Associated Press.

He added that all global and US health organisations agree that there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food.

The announcement out of China on Sunday gave no details of the quantity of meat affected.