Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Frylooz) – Chinese authorities said on Thursday that a sample of frozen chicken wings, imported from Brazil, had tested positive for the emerging coronavirus in China, in the latest series of reports of contaminated imported food products.
In the statement, the municipal council government indicated that the Corona virus was discovered, on Wednesday, on a sample taken from a group of chicken wings, through an inspection of imported frozen food, in the Shenzhen region of China.
The officials did not name the brand.
And the health authorities in Shenzhen were keen to track and conduct Corona tests on people immediately, who may have been in contact with the product, as well as related products, and they all came out negative.
Brazil has so far reported more than 3.1 million cases of coronavirus, which is the second highest country in the world after the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University statistics.
This news comes a day after the discovery of the Corona virus on shrimp packages imported from Ecuador, another country in South America, in a restaurant in eastern Anhui Province during a routine inspection, according to what was reported by the Chinese state-run CCTV.
Since July, there have been seven cases in which the virus has been detected on seafood packages imported across the country, from Shandong Province on the east coast to Chongqing City in the west, according to state media reports.
These incidents have raised some concerns about the safety of imported food, as Chinese health authorities have repeatedly asked consumers to be careful when purchasing imported meat and seafood.
And some people called, via social media in China, to suspend all frozen food imports.
However, health authorities, such as the World Health Organization and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have shown that the likelihood of contracting the virus through food is low.
The two organizations indicated that the new Corona virus is spread between people through respiratory droplets, that is, when they sneeze, cough or talk.
The World Health Organization says: “There is no evidence yet that viruses, which cause respiratory diseases, can be transmitted through food or food packaging. Coronaviruses cannot reproduce in food, as they need a person or an animal to reproduce.”
David Hui Shuqiong, a respiratory medicine expert at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, said that imported food products, which had tested positive in China, were almost certain to be contaminated when packaging.
However, this does not necessarily mean that the products will be infectious, as the DNA tests may pick up the dead virus’s RNA. And the remnants of the virus may cause false positive results for patients who have recovered from the Corona virus, as is the case in South Korea.
He added that if the virus, taken from food products, could be grown in laboratories, it was contagious. He explained that the Corona virus can survive freezing temperatures and remain active when thawed.