• China finds coronavirus in frozen meat imported from Brazil, Argentina and Bolivia

    The city of Jinan, in eastern China, said it found traces of coronavirus in the packaging of meat and guts from Brazil, New Zealand and Bolivia, while other local authorities found it in frozen pork from Argentina.

    https://www.infobae.com/ – BEIJING, 15 Nov (Reuters)

    The importer was a unit of Guotai International Group and Shanghai Zhongli Development Trade, the Jinan Municipal Health Commission said in a statement on its website late Saturday.

    The way in was customs at Yangshan Port in Shanghai and customs at the outer port, he added. The communiqué from the city located in Shandong province did not identify the companies that transported the products.

    More than 7,500 people who may have had contact with the contaminated products and other related personnel tested negative for the virus causing COVID-19, he said.

    Chinese authorities found last week coronaviruses in the packaging of Saudi shrimp in the city of Lanzhou, in Brazilian meat in Wuhan and in Argentine meat in the provinces of Shandong and Jiangsu.

    China is the world’s largest purchaser of beef and Brazil and Argentina are its largest suppliers.

    Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan Province in central China, detected coronavirus in the outer packaging of frozen pork from Argentina on Friday, local authorities said in a late Saturday statement on the WeChat social media platform.

    The samples that tested positive came from a batch of 24 tons of frozen pork that was shipped from a cold storage facility in the port of Qindao to a warehouse for a market in the city of Zhengzhou.

    The lot was found to be contaminated during an inspection before the goods could enter the warehouse, the government said.

    The World Health Organization says the risk of finding COVID-19 from frozen foods is low, but China has sounded alarms on several occasions after detecting the virus in imported foods, which has led to prohibitions on overseas purchases.

    (Report by Shivani Singh and Roxanne Liu in Beijing. Edited in Spanish by Lucila Sigal)

    For the original article see: https://www.infobae.com/

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