Sunday, January 17, 2021

China’s ice cream has COVID-19

Three samples of ice cream have been contaminated with COVID-19, according to reports from China.

The ice cream was from Tianjin Daquiaodao Food company in the northern part of China.

Anti-epidemic authorities in north China’s Tianjin Municipality are tracing people who may have been in contact with the batches, which were produced by Tianjin Daqiaodao Food Company.

Dr Stephen Griffin, a virologist based at the University of Leeds in England told Sky News the development was unlikely to be a cause for panic.

“It’s likely this has come from a person, and without knowing the details, I think this is probably a one-off,” he said.

“Of course, any level of contamination is not acceptable and always a cause for concern, but the chances are that this is the result of an issue with the production plant and potentially down to hygiene at the factory,’ Griffin said.

Initial epidemiological investigations indicate the company produced the batch of ice cream using raw materials, including milk powder imported from New Zealand and whey powder imported from Ukraine.