China finds traces of coronavirus on imported squid package
First Published 21, Sep 2020, 9:08 AM
Authorities in China’s northeastern Jilin province have found the novel coronavirus on the packaging of imported squid
The health authorities in China’s city of Fuyu said on Sunday (September 20) that the novel coronavirus was discovered on the packaging of imported squid by the authorities in China's northeastern Jilin province, urging anyone who might have purchased it to get checked..
The health office of Fuyu City said on Sunday on its official WeChat account that, "One of the packages had arrived in the city through the provincial capital, Changchun."
It further asked the public to report to the neighbourhood authorities and go for a coronavirus test who have purchased and consumed imported squid at the local Sanjia Deda frozen seafood wholesale shop on August 24 to 31.
The Changchun COVID-19 prevention office said the squid had been imported from Russia by a company in Hunchun city and brought to the provincial capital.
Chinese customs said on Friday they would suspend imports from companies for a week if frozen food products tested positive for coronavirus and for a month if a supplier’s products tested positive for a third time or more.
Mainland China has recently reported very few infections with the virus which emerged in Wuhan late last year, with just 10 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday. It says most recent cases come from people entering China from elsewhere.
In August, local authorities in two Chinese cities said they had found traces of the virus on cargoes of imported frozen food. The World Health Organization said then it saw no evidence of COVID-19 being spread by food or packaging.