Lamb has become the latest victim in China’s ongoing feud with Australia as tensions between the trading partners continue to sour. China has banned meat imports from JBS Brooklyn and the Australian Lamb Company four months after both companies briefly shut down for self-reported COVID-19 outbreaks during Victoria’s horror second wave. More sanctions have since been declared with timber from Tasmania and South Australia now also banned. There are concerns about the implications the latest ban will have on Australia’s $780m lamb export industry as it joins the growing list of Aussie products sanctioned by Beijing, including beef, barley, wine, seafood and coal. China is still accepting imports from lamb companies in the US that have also suffered outbreaks, leaving Australian exporters and sheep farmers fuming. China has banned meat imports from JBS Brooklyn which has a daily capacity of 1,400 head of cattle and 8,200 head of small stock. Pictured are meat at the Melbourne plant. ‘There’s one rule for the US and one rule for everyone else,’ one farming source told The Australian. Other farmers fear pressure from US President Donald Trump’s administration has contributed to China’s trade retaliation against Australian agricultural exports. Based in Colac 150km south-east of… Read full this story
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