Thursday, November 26, 2020

China suspends sales of frozen foods

China has suspended sales of imported frozen foods from the nation’s largest storage facilities after finding COVID-19 on and inside packaging.

The storages are in Qingdao and Tianjin cities, reports Reuters news agency.

Refrigerated meat, seafood and frozen products in the market have been dumped, and the market has disinfected more than 100 cold storages and shut down their power, Beijing News reported on Wednesday .

Workers in a particular environment who repeatedly come into contact with cold-chain products polluted by the coronavirus might be infected without proper protection, a Chinese official said.

However, officials said the risk is "very low".

China has ramped up testing of frozen foods after saying it has repeatedly discovered the coronavirus on imported products and their packaging, triggering mass scale testing of food and related personnel, suspension of certain imports and disruptions to trade flows.