Two countries in the Middle East had suspended import of some Chinese food products to soothe public concerns in light of the COVID-2019 outbreak.
Jordan implemented a temporary import ban on February 2 for all animal and plant-based products from China.
Karim Al-Hussami, director of licensing at Jordanian Agriculture Ministry said in a media statement: “Import licenses from China have been suspended until further notice. This will be reviewed in the coming period when things stabilise.”
In Egypt, the Vegetables and Fruits Division of the Cairo Chamber of Commerce officially announced on February 9 that imports of garlic, carrot and green ginger from China would be temporarily suspended.