Maple Leaf Foods says it has temporarily suspended pork exports to China after a few dozen workers at its Brandon, Manitoba plant tested positive for COVID-19.

Maple Leaf says it continues to have rigorous safety measures at the Brandon plant to prevent workplace transmission, and the plant continues to operate.

The company says it voluntarily made the move after the Chinese government adopted new protocols that require Canadian processors to report positive COVID-19 cases.

CEO Michael McCain says the company is confident it provides customers with safe food, but it respects China's new import protocols.