China bans Taiwanese pineapples over biosafety fears



Matt Ho | SCMP


Mainland China has banned imports of pineapples from Taiwanfrom Monday, citing concerns about plant pests as tensions rise across the Taiwan Strait over politics, trade and coronavirus vaccine supply.

Officials in Beijing said the ban was a “normal biosafety measure” but Taipei said the decision violated global trade rules and it would spend NT$1 billion (US$36 million) to help its pineapple farmers, who account for about 40 per cent of the island’s fruit sales to the mainland.

The ban comes just weeks after the mainland barred imports of meat products from Taiwan to prevent the spread of bird flu and the consumption of meat with animal feed additive ractopamine. 

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