China claims to find Covid-19 traces on Brazilian frozen food packaging

Beijing, Dec 10 (efe-epa).- China has once again claimed to have found traces of Covid-19 on the packaging of frozen products imported from Brazil, reported local authorities in Tongzhou, in the eastern province of Jiangsu.

The authorities added on their website that they found traces of the virus on packages of frozen boneless beef tenderloin after buying them from a company in the city of Wuxi, in the same province.

The production date of the packages is between July 27-31 this year, the information added.

Tongzhou’s RT Mart supermarket bought 182.5 kilograms of the material and sold 123 kg to consumers.

Consequently, the authorities launched a campaign to remove the product from the supermarket, which was also disinfected.

They also subjected store employees, consumers and coronavirus prevention personnel to nucleic acid tests, but so far the results have been negative.

It is not the first time that China has found traces of the virus in packages of frozen food imported from Brazil.

On Nov. 1, authorities announced that they had detected the virus on the packaging of a batch of frozen pork in the eastern province of Shandong.

Furthermore, on Aug. 13, virus remains were also found on the surface of a batch of frozen chicken wings imported from Brazil in Shenzhen, in the southern province of Guangzhou.

The country’s authorities point to imported frozen foods, especially meat and fish, as the main route of outbreaks of the virus in China, after local infections had been practically controlled in the country.

However, the World Health Organization says there is no evidence that Covid-19 can be contracted from food or food packaging.

The National Health Commission of China reported of a locally transmitted case in the northern province of Inner Mongolia, to add to another positive in the also northern province of Heilongjiang, which has not yet appeared in official records, reported the state CCTV on Thursday.

The total number of active cases in mainland China now stands at 285, of which five are serious. EFE-EPA


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