OTTAWA — Canadian meat processor Maple Leaf Foods Inc. has voluntarily suspended exports of pork to China following an outbreak of COVID-19 in a Manitoba plant.
The company said late Tuesday it was proactively complying with new Chinese government protocols for Canadian processors that require that any plant reporting a positive COVID-19 case suspend exports to China temporarily.
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“We respect China’s new import protocols for Canadian products and are working cooperatively with Canadian and Chinese authorities to resume exports quickly,” Maple Leaf chief executive Michael McCain said in a statement.
Shares of the Mississauga, Ontario-based company were trading up 2.03% at C$30.20 on Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange.