China’s government on Wednesday defended anti-coronavirus controls that have disrupted imports of beef, poultry and fish from the United States, New Zealand and other trading partners.
That prompted complaints by China’s trading partners.
It is trying to prevent new outbreaks caused by the virus being imported by travelers or on food.
“The relevant measures China took are necessary following the spirit of putting people’s lives first and protecting people’s health,” Zhao said.
In June, China temporarily suspended the import of chicken from U.S.-based Tyson Foods Inc. after the virus was found at one of its farms.