Tyson Foods wants Chinese ban on imports from Arkansas processing plant lifted


In June, China blocked imports from a Tyson plant in Springdale, Arkansas that had had a large COVID-19 outbreak.

Now, Tyson is aiming to get the ban lifted.

“We’ve been interacting with them and making sure that they have all the information they need about the precautionary measures, the protective measures that plant has taken,” Tyson Foods President David Banks said Monday. “We’d love to continue to export product from that facility, but that’s in the hands of the Chinese government.”

China recently overtook Mexico as the largest export market for U.S. poultry.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has said the ban is a violation of the Phase One Trade Agreement of the between the U.S. and China.