China has suspended the import of tainted meat products from seven US companies, including giants Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. and Tyson Foods Inc, the world’s largest meat processor. China’s quality watchdog agency announced over the weekend that Tyson’s frozen foods were tainted with salmonella and that Cargill’s pork ribs contained a feed additive approved in the U.S. but not China. In separate news, Chinese inspectors announced that a protein powder from a U.S. supplier contained too much selenium and was being sent back, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Monday. Beijing has been voicing complaints about what it perceives as sensationalized negative reports about Chinese products and indiscriminate action by American food regulators, saying that one company’s problem doesn’t make it a country’s problem. The latest moves are expected to worsen the already tense trade relations between the two nations.
Image of Chinese meat market in Xi’an from Blair in Fla.
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