Traces Of Coronavirus Detected On Food Packaging

Friday, August 14th, 2020 | 1123 Views


China has recently reported cases of coronavirus contamination of frozen food and packaging. As part of its expanded routine screening of imported food, authorities have detected traces of the virus on samples of frozen chicken wings imported from Brazil into Shenzhen, and packaging of frozen shrimps imported from Ecuador into Xian.

As a response, the health authorities have traced and tested everyone who could have come into contact with the contaminated food products and the results were negative. They will also be stepping up its testing on relevant food products.

These recent incidences have raised concerns over the possible transmission of COVID-19 through food. Previous studies have shown that the virus could remain on packaging for hours or days, depending on the ambient conditions, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

However, there are no evidences of transmission of the virus from food to humans, similar to findings by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). With the risk of catching the virus through handling of food products being extremely low, WHO urged people not to be afraid of the virus entering the food chain.

 

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