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China claims to have found the coronavirus in frozen chicken imported from Brazil.
Local disease control centers test samples taken from the surface of frozen chicken wings as part of routine checks on imported food, meat products and seafood.
The previous day on Wednesday (12/8) Chinese authorities found the corona virus in shrimp packages imported from Ecuador. China claims to have found the coronavirus in frozen chicken imported from Brazil. The city government of Shenzhen, China presented the findings on Thursday (13/8).
Shenzhen health authorities then tracked and tested everyone who may have had contact with the imported frozen chicken. They also tested food products stored near virus-contaminated materials. All results were negative.
Inspection of imported foodstuffs has been in place since June, when a new outbreak was discovered from the Xinfadi seafood market in Beijing. The corona virus infection that had occurred in the Xinfadi fish market made China tighten up on imported meat and seafood products that entered the country. Since mid-June, China has stopped importing meat from a number of countries, including Brazil.
Quoting Asia One, experts say that although the SARS-nCoV-2 virus is capable of infiltrating food or packaging materials, the virus cannot reproduce and cannot survive long at room temperature.
In response, the head of the microbiology laboratory at China's National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment, Li Fengqin said that contaminated food stored in refrigerators could be a potential source of transmission.
For this reason, the Shenzhen Epidemic Prevention and Control Headquarters asked the public to remain careful in buying imported meat and seafood products. So far China has reported a decrease in the transmission of the coronavirus across the country. In the last 24 hours there were only 25 new cases of Covid-19 reported. Until now, China is known to have 84,737 cases of corona with 761 being active cases. The death toll from Covid-19 was 4,634.
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