MISSISSAUGA, ONT. -- Maple Leaf Foods Inc. says it has temporarily suspended pork exports to China after a few dozen workers at one of its plants tested positive for COVID-19.

The Mississauga, Ont.-based company says in a statement late Tuesday it continues to have rigorous safety measures at the Brandon, Man., plant to prevent workplace transmission, and the plant continues to operate.

It notes public health officials have said there is no sign the coronavirus was spread in the workplace.

The company says it voluntarily suspended its pork exports to China after the Chinese government adopted new protocols that require Canadian processors who report a positive COVID-19 case to do so.

RBC Dominion Securities analyst Irene Nattel says in a note to clients that the news "is a slight negative" for Maple Leaf.

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