Frozen Chicken Wings From Brazil Have Tested Positive For COVID-19

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Image Seong Joon Cho Bloomberg

The first cluster of COVID-19 cases in China was linked to a seafood market in Wuhan.

Chinese health officials have detected coronavirus on frozen packaging before.

Brazil has the world's second-worst Covid-19 outbreak after the United States, recording more than 3.2 million cases and more than 105,000 deaths since the pandemic began.

In July 2020, customs officers in Dalian, a major port in the northeastern province of Liaoning, found the coronavirus in the packaging of frozen shrimps imported from Ecuador.

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"People should not fear food, or food packaging or processing or delivery of food", Reuters quoted Mike Ryan, WHO head of emergencies programme, as saying.

The report notes that the administration of the Chinese city of Shenzhen has urged people to exercise caution while buying imported frozen food. Following the recent outbreaks in the food industry, the Chinese government started to monitor all the imported frozen food items.

A butcher at Shenzhen, in south-eastern China.

"Presently, there is no evidence that the COVID-19 virus will be transmitted to humans via food or food packaging and equipment", said the agency on Friday (14 August) in reply to queries from Yahoo News Singapore.

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The virus was found on the outer packaging of the frozen seafood.

"Even though the new coronavirus can stay on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days (depending on the type of surface), it is very unlikely that the virus will persist on a surface after being moved, travelled, and exposed to different conditions and temperatures", the World Health Organization said.

Besides the one batch that tested positive, other related products tested negative for the virus, but they have been "sealed off". These remnants of the virus are known to have caused false positive results on patients who have recovered from the coronavirus, such as in South Korea.

Xinfadi market, a sprawling food market in China's capital Beijing, was linked to a cluster of infections in June. The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have also, in the past, moved to dispel the theory. In June, China suspended some meat imports - including those from Brazil, Reuters reports.

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