China is suspending the import of Irish pork products and animal feed due to concerns the food may be contaminated with a potentially harmful chemical. China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine also urged inspectors to recall and return pork products currently in China if they were produced in Ireland after September 1.

The ban went in to effect on Monday. AQSIQ hasn't said when the import ban will be lifted. Statistics showed China has imported 2,047 tons of pork products since September.

On 6 December, Ireland announced that the country’s pork products were thought to be tainted with dioxin, a chemical derived from petroleum and believed to be adverse to human health. Irish authorities started to recall possibly contaminated pork products made after 1 September and suspended pork export to China.