Frozen chicken wings from Brazil test positive for coronavirus in China


In a notice issued by the Shenzen government, it said that a surface sample was taken from a batch of chicken wings, which were imported from Brazil, and was tested for the coronavirus by the local disease control centres on Wednesday, reports of which, on Thursday, came positive for the deadly pathogen.

Officials did not name the brand.

The city's notice further indicates that all sold products from the chicken batch were traced back to vendors and were ordered to be disposed of.

"If the virus is actually in food - and we have no examples of where this virus has been transmitted as a food-borne, whereas someone has consumed a food product - the viruses can be killed, like other viruses as well, if the meat is cooked".

China has reported three positive tests for coronavirus in samples taken from the outer packaging of imported seafood in Yantai, Shandong province. Additionally, a man in Shanghai who was positive for the virus in April tested positive again on Monday, though he reportedly hasn't shown any symptoms, according to a report from Bloomberg. Chinese health authorities have repeatedly told the public to be cautious about buying imported meat and seafood.

The role of frozen food and cold temperatures in potentially transmitting the virus has been in the spotlight this week as New Zealand probes the source of a mystery outbreak that began with a worker in a cold store facility.

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A butcher at Shenzhen, in south-eastern China. According to the CDC, the risk of infection by the virus from food products, food packaging, or bags is "thought to be very low".

The discovery came a day after traces of the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 were found on the packaging of frozen shrimp from Ecuador.

Coronaviruses need an animal or human host to multiply, and food is not a suitable environment for their survival, experts say. 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. He added that the virus has been known to survive the freezing process and still be active when thawed, although it may not necessarily be still infectious.

Experts have advised people not to eat raw frozen foods like salmon after Coronavirus was found on chopping boards used to cut salmon for imports in Beijing's food market.

China in recent months started screening all meat and seafood containers coming into major ports.

"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.