Thursday, December 2

China finds virus in food from Ecuador and Brazil

Paramilitary police officers stand guard next to the Xinfadi market.

Paramilitary police officers stand guard next to the Xinfadi market.

China has detected coronavirus again in the packaging of frozen fish from Ecuador and in the frozen meat of pork imported from Brazillocal media reported today.

The Chinese authorities have decided suspend the import of the Ecuadorian company Firexpa, after traces of covid-19 were found in the packages of a batch of frozen fish, the General Administration of Customs noted.

The suspension will take effect for one week, according to the Customs statement, which was published last night on its website.

After the different cases detected in China in recent months, especially in frozen foods from Latin America, China has indicated that it will suspend imports for a week of those products that test positive for coronavirus and for a month if it is the third time or more.

The packaging of a batch of frozen pork imported from Brazil has also tested positive for covid-19 carried out last Thursday in the city of Yantai, in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong, the official Global Times newspaper reported.

The lot was found in a specialty barbecue restaurant and fish market in Yantai

The local Coronavirus Prevention and Control Office said city residents who have visited both places should inform their residential communities and observe in detail their conditions of Health

The health department will track down all close contacts related to those Brazilian pork products, which were not reported by the supplier company, and will test them for COVID-19 at designated hospitals.

A total of 1,475 packages of pork, weighing 27 tons have already been tracked since Thursday, according to the official gazette, which adds that 3,097 samples collected from close contacts, products, packaging and nearby environments have tested negative in the tests performed.

On July 10, traces of coronavirus were discovered on the outer packaging of Ecuadorian white shrimp of three companies: Industrial Pesquera Santa Priscila, Empacreci and Edpacif, for which China temporarily suspended its imports and ordered the withdrawal of all packages of this type that had arrived since March 12.

Subsequently, the companies were again authorized to resume their sales after improving their control protocols.

Ecuador alleges that the traces have been found on the outer packaging or in container walls, so the contagion can have any origin, and not precisely be related to the handling of the product in Ecuadorian industries.

Even so, and in order to continue exporting to China and other markets, the country’s Ministry of Production has stepped up surveillance measures in all fishing and packaging processes.

On August 13, traces of coronavirus were also found on the surface of a batch of frozen chicken wings imported from Brazil in the Chinese city of Shenzhen, in the southern province of Guangzhou.

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