China Says Frozen Chicken Wings from Brazil Test Positive for Virus

Clay Curtis
August 13, 2020

Three packaging samples of imported frozen seafood tested positive for Covid-19 in Yantai, a northern city of Shandong province, the city government said on its official Weibo account Tuesday.

That's according to a municipal statement that a surface sample of frozen wings from Brazil tested positive Wednesday during a screening in the city's Longgang district.

The outlet reported that any people who came into contact with the wings were tested by local health authorities. Bloomberg reports the product hails from an Aurora Alimentos plant in southern Brazil-a nation with 3.1 million reported coronavirus cases, second only to the USA worldwide.

Coronavirus was also reportedly detected on frozen packages of shrimp, which were shipped from Ecuador. China has been stepping up screenings at ports amid the concerns over food imports.

One of the people infected works at a cool store that processes frozen foods from overseas.

Researchers say that there's no evidence that COVID-19 can be contracted via food contamination.

WHAT EXPERTS SAY ABOUT THE RISK OF INFECTION FROM PACKAGING: -Studies suggest the virus can linger on packaging material between hours and days, depending on the material, temperature and humidity, according to the World Health Organization.

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Until now, its daily report took into account all the deaths of people who had tested positive for the new coronavirus, with no time limit.

While it is possible to catch Covid-19 by touching a surface or object - including food or food packaging that has the virus on it - and then touching your mouth, nose, or possibly eyes, it is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, according to the CDC.

The virus is unable to replicate on the surface of food or packaging. Coronaviruses can not multiply in food - they need a live animal or human host to multiply and survive.

Packaging on Ecuador shrimps has also tested positive in Xi'an, state television said Thursday.

But he said it doesn't necessarily mean that they're infectious - the nucleic acid tests could be picking up the RNA of dead virus.

A 68-year-old woman in Hubei, China, tested positive Sunday, six months after she was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus and recovered.

Xinfadi market in China's capital city Beijing, a sprawling food market linked to cluster infections in June, where virus was found on the chopping board on which imported salmons were handled, will be reopened from the weekend.

In July, a fresh coronavirus outbreak in the city of Dalian in northern China's Liaoning province was linked to a seafood company, which processes both imported and domestic seafood.

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