Chinese food has been banned in the US after the Obama administration said it had found that the Chinese company that produces the product had not properly disclosed the presence of antibiotics in its products.
The statement issued on Thursday said Chinese food manufacturers had been violating the US Food Safety Modernization Act since 2014, when the Food and Drug Administration first banned the use of some antibiotics in the United States.
China, the world’s second-largest economy, is not a party to the WTO, the trade pact that protects most countries from US tariffs.
China also does not have a free trade agreement with the United Kingdom and Ireland.
The announcement came hours after China announced it would impose tariffs on $2.2 billion worth of US exports, including rice, beef and dairy products.
In a separate statement, China’s Foreign Ministry said it was “extremely concerned” about the announcement.
It said the US has “a history of making trade barriers with China more and more strict.”