Coronavirus detected on frozen beef imported from Brazil

Here’s one more reason why it is best to keep away from consuming frozen meals amid Covid-19 pandemic. Chinese well being authorities have discovered Covid-19 virus on imported frozen beef samples. Also Read – COVID-19 Live Updates: Cases in India surge to 87,73,479 whereas demise toll reaches 1,29,188

Three frozen beef samples have been examined constructive for the Covid-19 virus in Wuhan, capital of central China’s Hubei Province, as reported by IANS. The batch of merchandise dispersed in 1,006 packing containers have been imported from Brazil to customs within the east Chinese metropolis of Qingdao on August 7 and arrived in a warehouse in Wuhan on August 17. Luckily, the merchandise haven’t entered the market. Also Read – COVID-19 remedy: Antidepressant drug fluvoxamine could forestall hospitalisation

The native authorities have now sealed the merchandise and disinfected the realm. Tests are additionally being carried out on related personnel who have been dealing with the merchandise. Till Friday, 112 workers working on the warehouse have examined destructive for Covid-19. Also Read – Mass vaccination in India by December? SII goals to have 100m doses of AstraZeneca vaccine prepared

The Municipal Health Commission of the japanese Chinese metropolis of Jinan has additionally reported detection of coronavirus on the packaging of beef and tripe imported from Brazil, New Zealand and Bolivia.

The importers have been a unit of Guotai International Group and Shanghai Zhongli Development Trade, and the entry ports have been Shanghai`s Yangshan port customs and outer port customs, the Commission stated in a press release on its web site late on Saturday. However, it didn’t title the businesses that shipped the merchandise.

Live coronavirus detected on frozen cod fish packaging

Over the previous few months, China has been focusing its consideration to imported frozen meals, which it believes may also play a task within the unfold of the virus. In reality, the nation has repeatedly sounded alarms after detecting traces of the virus in lots of imported meals merchandise or their packaging. These embody shrimp from Ecuador, squid from Russia, fish from Norway and Indonesia, and beef and hen wings from Brazil.

Last month, the Chinese CDC detected and remoted reside coronavirus on the packaging of imported frozen cod fish whereas tracing the supply of an outbreak within the metropolis of Qingdao. Following that Qingdao authorities heightened scrutiny and ordered “every piece” of imported cold-chain merchandise to be examined, as reported by CNN.

Workers handing these merchandise have been additionally ordered to be examined each three to 5 days.

Meanwhile, customs authorities throughout China have stepped up coronavirus testing on frozen meals imports. As per the CNN report, Chinese customs had halted imports from 99 meals firms throughout 20 nations.

Can you catch Covid-19 from frozen meals?

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), it’s unlikely that individuals can contract Covid-19 from meals or meals packaging.

“Coronaviruses need a live animal or human host to multiply and survive and cannot multiply on the surface of food packages. It is not necessary to disinfect food packaging materials, but hands should be properly washed after handling food packages and before eating,” WHO stated in its web site.

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) additionally maintains that the danger of catching Covid-19 from meals is “very low.” Both insist that there’s presently no proof of COVID-19 transmission from meals.

“The virus that causes COVID-19 can be killed at temperatures similar to that of other known viruses and bacteria found in food,” WHO stated.

But the Chinese CDC claims that it’s potential to contract Covid-19 from meals packaging.

Earlier, Chinese CDC chief epidemiologist Wu Zunyou, introduced that the Beijing outbreak is an proof that contaminated meals may cause new Covid-19 outbreaks through cold-chain transportation. The nation began suspecting imported frozen meals after an outbreak emerged from the biggest wholesale meals market in Beijing in June.

A examine printed within the National Science assessment, a journal beneath the Chinese Academy of Sciences, by consultants, together with from the Beijing CDC, later concluded that contaminated imported frozen seafood was the probably supply of the Beijing outbreak.

Published : November 15, 2020 2:30 pm


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