Living Virus Found On Imported Food Packaging
Chinese health officials are investigating a recent outbreak of Covid-19 report. They found live coronavirus on frozen food packaging. A finding that means that the virus can survive in cold supply chains.
The Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC) announced on Saturday that it had discovered signs of live Covid-19. In the eastern coastal town of Qingdao, it was marking the first discovery of live coronavirus on the outside of refrigerated products. The root of a recent cluster of cases related to a hospital in Qingdao is under investigation.
“It has been confirmed that contact with outer packaging contaminated by the new coronavirus can cause infection,” the agency said in a statement on its website, without specifying where the batch of frozen food came from.
China had reported no new local cases within 55 days. Before the Qingdao outbreak, it has been one of the few countries to point to the potential transmission through frozen food. Officials indicated that the new cluster might have come from imported salmon.
This month, Qingdao announced a dozen new cases of viruses.
In recent months, China has said several times that imported refrigerated products pose a risk of re-introducing the coronavirus into the country. It had previously checked the packaging of goods from different nations and found positive cases of the virus.
China increased the inspection criteria for imports of frozen goods in August.
US Centers For Disease Control And Prevention View On Such Incidents
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed there is no evidence that Covid-19 is associated with handling food or eating food.
In recent months, China has said several times that imported refrigerated products pose a risk of re-introducing the coronavirus into the country. It had previously checked the packaging of goods from different nations. It found positive cases of the virus—imported items, including seafood from Indonesia and chicken wings from Brazil.
The dockworkers had contracted the virus from the packaging of frozen food was not evident. The CDC warned those handling frozen goods not to have direct contact with the items.
The CDC reported that no cases of consumers contracting the virus had occurred. The risk was minimal. Some people have started calling for a temporary ban on imports of frozen food.
The CDC said that researchers found 22 tests that tested positive out of a total of 2.98 m samples of food packaging.