Chicken imported from Brazil tests COVID-19 positive
Published: 04:36 PM, 13 August 2020
Now, chicken has tested positive for coronavirus. A sample of frozen chicken wings imported from Brazil into the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen has been diagnosed with coronavirus.
CNN reported that the coronavirus was detected on Wednesday on a surface sample taken from a batch of chicken wings during screening of imported frozen food in Longgang district of Shenzhen.
The municipal government said in a statement that Shenzhen health authorities immediately traced and tested people who might have come into contact with the product, and all results came back negative; all related products in stock have been sealed off and tested negative.
The Brazilian embassy in Beijing did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
China, the country where the deadly coronavirus case was reported first late last year, has been stepping up screenings at ports amid the concerns over food imports.
The Shenzhen Epidemic Prevention and Control Headquarters said the public needed to take precautions to reduce infection risks from imported meat and seafood.
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.