China finds Covid on frozen beef, garbage from different nations

China finds Covid on frozen beef, garbage from different nations


  • Post By : Kumar Jeetendra

  • Source: Reuters

  • Date: 15 Nov,2020

The eastern Chinese city of Jinan said it has discovered that the new coronavirus on beef and tripe, and on packaging for these products, from Brazil, New Zealand and Bolivia as China ramps up testing on frozen foods.

The importers were a component of Guotai International Group and Shanghai Zhongli Development Trade, the Jinan Municipal Health Commission said in a statement on its website late on Saturday.

The entry ports were Shanghai’s Yangshan port habits and outer port customs, it said. The announcement from the city in Shandong province didn’t name the companies that shipped the products.

More than 7,500 individuals who may have had contact with the infected products and other associated employees have tested negative for the virus that causes COVID-19, it said.

Chinese authorities last week found the coronavirus on the packaging of Saudi shrimp in Lanzhou city, Brazilian beef in Wuhan city and Argentinian beef in Shandong and Jiangsu provinces.

China is the world’s top beef buyer and Brazil and Argentina its biggest suppliers.

Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province in central China, detected coronavirus on the outer packaging of frozen pork from Argentina on Friday, local authorities said in a statement late on Saturday on the social networking platform WeChat.

The samples that tested positive came from a 24-tonne batch of frozen pork which was sent from a cold storage facility in Qingdao port into a warehouse for a market in Zhengzhou city.

The batch was found to be contaminated during a screening prior to the goods could enter the warehouse, the authorities said.

The World Health Organization says the probability of catching COVID-19 from frozen food is reduced, but China has sounded alarms after discovering the virus on imported food products, triggering tumultuous import bans.

(Reporting by Shivani Singh and Roxanne Liu in Beijing; Editing by William Mallard)

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