Tuesday, February 15, 2022

China ramps up testing for imported foods

China has built 869 warehouses to test imports of refrigerated and frozen foods, including tests for COVID-19.

The warehouses will conduct unified disinfection and testing procedures for imported cold-chain foods, which can enter the market only after being certified at the warehouses, according to the State Administration for Market Regulation.

Besides testing, they will help dispose of condemned food imports.

A national platform to trace imported cold-chain foods was put in operation in December 2020, involving key imported cold-chain foods such as livestock, poultry and aquatic products.

China has suspended trade with some countries, notably Australia, in recent years, due to a broad range of reasons including a belief that coronavirus can survive cold temperatures in imported refrigerated and frozen food products.