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China’s Virus-Safety Demand Is Latest Hurdle to Trade Deal

  • Beijing asks meat, soy exporters to comply with protocols
  • The move could act like a non-tariff barrier for U.S. products
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The U.S.-China trade deal has just suffered a new setback.

China wants international shippers of meat and soybeans to sign a document attesting their cargoes meet safety standards to ensure they aren’t contaminated with the novel coronavirus. That’s a step many American exporters have so far been reluctant to take for fear of liability, with Tyson Foods Inc. being the first to confirm it’s signed the certificate.