Tianjin Food Companies Join Local Omicron Fight, Special Licenses Provide Transportation

Residents line up for nucleic acid testing at a residential complex in Nankai District in Tianjin on January 9, 2022. The city is undertaking massive testing to screen for potential carriers of the virus after reporting two cases of Omicron transmitted. locally. Photo: VCG

Several food companies in Tianjin, northern China, have joined the fight against the Omicron variant outbreak. The Tianjin government on Monday issued special licenses to some local food companies to ensure the normal functioning of logistics in the region amid restrictions and controls along delivery routes.

The Global Times learned on Tuesday that four food companies in Tianjin – state-owned China National Cereals, Oils and Foodstuffs Corp (COFCO), Jiusan Group, Beijing Grain Group and French food company Louis Dreyfus Co (LDC) – – received licenses used to “secure people’s livelihoods”.

Chen Hao, a Shanghai-based wholesale and retail grain industry insider, said the four are major producers of local crude soybean oil and soybean meal, which are used for soybean oil, respectively. cooking and feeding of livestock, which means that the authorities in Tianjin plan to obtain food by helping the upstream segment of the industrial chain.

Even though Tianjin’s traffic volume is limited due to the coronavirus, the food supply and prices of basic necessities have not changed significantly, Cong Yi, a professor at the University of Finance and Education, said on Tuesday. economy of Tianjin, to the Global Times. He suggested that the clear logistics routes in Tianjin and special transportation licenses have played a key role in stabilizing the market amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Chen Hongzhi, general manager of LDC in Tianjin, which has a daily processing capacity of 4,000 tons of soybeans, told the Global Times on Tuesday that LDC applied for the license to the Tianjin Trade Commission on Monday and was approved the same. day.

“The license provides transportation for food and basic necessities, as well as the organization of personnel in the area,” Chen said.

“Most of the transport routes in Tianjin have strict quarantine controls in place. Freight trucks cannot enter and exit as usual without these licenses, ”Zhang Ying, a member of the Jiusan Group in Tianjin, told the Global Times on Tuesday. She noted that the special licenses are intended to solve the transportation problems in the region and will soon be sent to all truck drivers of Jiusan Group partners and customers.

Tianjin announced citywide testing after 20 people tested positive for the coronavirus, authorities said on Sunday, according to Xinhua News Agency.

As of Tuesday morning, 40 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the latest outbreak had been reported by the local Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Cong said the pandemic will be brought under control within two weeks, as the Tianjin government’s response in the logistics sector has been relatively swift, based on lessons learned from previous COVID-19 outbreaks. The response alleviated the intense situation and the public panic.

“As a large city adjacent to the capital and one of the country’s main grain producing areas, Tianjin’s stable supply of basic necessities has proven the importance of securing logistics,” Cong said. .

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