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Coronavirus backlash adds to trade war and decoupling pressure to fray China’s ties to global system


Up until last week, almost all the Angus beef raised on Robert Mackenzie’s 15,000 acre family farm in Newcastle, New South Wales, was bound for China.


But a trade spat which has seen meat from four Australian abattoirs banned from China’s massive consumer market over customs documentation mislabelling has caused “great worry” for the founder of premium beef exporter, Macka’s.


“After a month it will really start to hurt me. When there’s a suspension it hurts the farmer, the producer, the family, and the consumer. This time we’ve felt the brunt,” said Mackenzie, who uses one of the affected plants to process the meat from his farm.


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