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China detects Covid-19 virus on imported fish packaging in Shenyang

21 Dec 2020 (Last Updated December 21st, 2020 15:39)

China has reportedly found coronavirus (Covid-19) on the packaging of imported caroun croaker fish in Shenyang, the capital of Liaoning Province.

China has reportedly found coronavirus (Covid-19) on the packaging of imported caroun croaker fish in Shenyang, the capital of Liaoning Province.

The virus was detected in two samples collected from the packaging, Xinhua news agency reported citing local authorities. The fish was reportedly imported from India.

Following the finding, the imported shipment was sealed and the facilities and vehicles that stored and transported the products were disinfected.

Meanwhile, people who handled the contaminated packaging were put under isolation observation. They tested negative for the virus.

The new case of infection follows several incidents of contaminated packaging involving imported frozen food in China.

The Chinese Government officials have been ramping up virus inspections on cold-chain goods imported via roads and waterways to block Covid-19 transmission.

Media reports suggest that such inspections have found the virus on the exterior packages and/or containers inside.

Earlier this month, Chinese health authorities found that two frozen beef packaging samples imported from Brazil tested positive for Covid-19 in Hubei province’s capital city of Wuhan.

Last month, China’s largest seafood market Xinfadi reportedly stopped the sale and storage of chilled and frozen meat and seafood products.

China’s Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism of the State Council against Covid-19 also came up with a plan to strengthen supervision of imported cold-chain foods in mid-November.