China Finds Coronavirus on Packaging of Shrimp Imported from Saudi Arabia

Clay Curtis
November 16, 2020

The Chinese city of Jinan said over the weekend it had found coronavirus on beef and tripe and their packaging from Brazil, Bolivia and New Zealand, while two other provincial capitals detected it on packaging on pork from Argentina.

The coronavirus has been detected on imported frozen food and packaging in a number of cities across China in the last few days, raising concern about new Covid-19 outbreaks in the country.

Beijing argues that such measures are needed prevent the import of the virus, which has been largely contained domestically.

Saturday also saw one new suspected case recorded in Shanghai, who had arrived from outside the mainland, and no new deaths related to the disease were reported, it added.

"It started in October and it has been over a month now and I don't expect it would be finished by the end of the year", said the importer, asking not to be identified. Chinese health authorities have found Covid-19 virus on imported frozen beef samples.

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She said in a press conference this afternoonOn the meat situation - Ardern said the Government was advised that there had been positive tests from Argentina.

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It deteriorated to 390 the next day and remained in the "severe" category on three consecutive days thereafter. The 24-hour average AQI was 339 on Friday and 314 on Thursday.

The cold storage plant in Lanzhou where the case of the virus got discovered had been temporarily shut down, all the employees from the plant had been tested all the food involved was sealed and the whereabouts of all the food items sold had been determined, the statement read.

The commission said the 7,517 people tested were those who had access to the goods and their close contacts.

"There is no evidence that food or the food chain is participating in transmission of this virus".

That advice hasn't deterred authorities in China, where there is a surplus of testing equipment and food processing hubs and markets have been a recurrent vector for reported outbreaks. Following that Qingdao authorities heightened scrutiny and ordered "every piece" of imported cold-chain products to be tested, as reported by CNN.

"If it's contaminated they return the whole of the food packaging". As per the CNN report, Chinese customs had halted imports from 99 food companies across 20 countries.

"In China authorities have managed to bring it under control but foreign health authorities haven't, and it shows the problems in governance overseas", the diplomat said.

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