Why you shouldn't be anxious about getting the coronavirus from food

Cheryl Sanders
August 13, 2020

Authorities sealed off the goods and everyone who was handling the goods had tested negative, according to the city government.

"It is hard to say at which stage the frozen chicken got infected", said a China-based official at a Brazilian meat exporter. Bloomberg reports the product hails from an Aurora Alimentos plant in southern Brazil-a nation with 3.1 million reported coronavirus cases, second only to the U.S. worldwide.

News of the contaminated chicken wings comes a day after coronavirus was found on the packaging of shrimps imported from Ecuador, another South American country, at a restaurant in eastern Anhui province during a routine inspection, China's state broadcaster CCTV reported.

The positive sample appears to have been taken from the surface of the meat, while previously reported positive cases from other Chinese cities have been from the surface of packaging on imported frozen seafood.

These incidents have sparked concerns over the safety of imported foods.

Among all the ways of catching coronavirus, transmission from food is considered very low.

Both organizations point out that the coronavirus spreads mostly person to person through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.

The WHO said there was no need to panic - and there were no examples of the respiratory disease being transmitted through food.

Williams' point was reiterated more recently by the US Food and Drug Administration and the US Department of Agriculture, which said in a joint statement in June there is "no evidence" people can contract the virus from food or food packaging. "Coronaviruses can not multiply in food; they need an animal or human host to multiply".

Those in close contact with the patients have not tested positive, though they have been quarantined, local authorities said, per Bloomberg. Meantime, one expert said tests of the chicken might have detected genetic material from dead coronavirus, which can cause false positives. But that doesn't necessarily mean they're infectious.

In addition to screening all meat and seafood containers coming into major ports in recent months, China has suspended some meat imports from various origins, including Brazil, since mid-June.

The Yantai city government said in a statement the seafood was from an imported shipment that landed at Dalian but did not say where it originated.

The postive samples were taken from a consignment of imported seafood which was transported from Dalian, Liaoning province.

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