Joh Dee CEO Warren Stiff was hit by the announcement today.
Joh Dee CEO Warren Stiff was hit by the announcement today.

BREAKING: China to suspend John Dee exports

MAJOR Warwick employer John Dee will be forced to suspend Chinese exports, following growing tensions between Australia and China.

Agriculture Minister David Littleproud confirmed the announcement to Warwick Daily News this morning.

"We have been notified that an Australian meat establishment - John Dee in Warwick - has been suspended by Chinese authorities due to the detection of a substance known as chloramphenicol," he said. 

"I have spoken to the establishment and they believe they have traced the source of this substance. We understand that this substance can occur naturally in some stockfeed and my Department is working with the establishment to give Chinese authorities assurance around this incident and to have the establishment relisted after appropriate investigation.

The John Dee ban follows earlier bans on four abattoirs over alleged labelling issues and trade sanctions on Australian barley and wine.

Asia makes up about 30 percent of the abattoir's export.

According to the translation of the Chinese statement, the ban will lead to a lengthy investigation of the plant.

"In order to ensure the safety of imported meat products, the customs has officially notified Australia to suspend the export of the company to China, and requires Australia to conduct a comprehensive investigation of the relevant company within 45 days and provide feedback to the Chinese side," it read.

John Dee is one of the Southern Downs' biggest employers with 600 people working for the local meat processor, according to an interview earlier this year with director John Hart.

John Dee has been approached for comment.

More to come.



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