May 18, 2020
China has blacklisted four red meat processing plants in Australia, suspending beef imports from them. The move is seen as retaliation for Australia calling an independent investigation into Covid-19 outbreaks, originating from China. Three of the facilities are in Queensland and one in New South Wales. The three plants combined account for 35% of exports to China. Chinese Foreign Ministry however, cited health certificate regulation violations at the plants. China is also planning major tariffs on Australian barley.