A sample from imported frozen food packaging on Sunday tested positive for COVID-19 in
Yuanyang county in central China’s Henan Province.
Local authorities revealed that the sample was taken from the packaging of a batch of imported frozen shrimp from South America.
As of Monday morning, local authorities said it conducted nucleic acid tests on 22 relevant people, including those on those that had direct contact with the food and all the results were negative.
They also sealed the shipment of frozen food from which the tainted sample was taken and disinfected the storage facility.
The tainted sample in Yuanyang County, the authorities revealed, was from the same shipment of imported frozen shrimp where COVID-19 was detected days back in Zhengzhou, the provincial capital.
On December 9, samples collected from a batch of imported frozen chicken wings in Zhongmu County, central China’s Henan Province, also tested positive for COVID-19.
However, the truck driver that transported the products tested negative and was placed under medical observation.
According to the epidemic prevention and control headquarters in the provincial capital Zhengzhou, the chicken wings, which weighed 27 tonnes were imported from Russia and arrived in north China’s Tianjin Municipality on November 12, before being transported to the county on Saturday,
The products, local authorities revealed, were not distributed in the market, adding that the affected batch of frozen food has been burned.
As a measure of containment, the storage facility and surrounding environments were disinfected, and an epidemiological investigation launched.
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