Batch of imported squid tests COVID-19+ in China, authorities tracing sales chain

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A batch of squids imported to China from Russia was found infected with the novel coronavirus, Chinese state-backed media Global Times reported on Sunday.

Local authorities in China’s Northeast Jilin Province where a batch of the imported squid was distributed for sale have started tracing the buyers and urging them to report to the government.

The Russian import of squid was tested positive for the novel coronavirus after a routine checkup on Friday.

After two major whole food markets in China became hotspots for new COVID-19 outbreaks earlier this year, the nation has been routinely checking samples of food imports for traces of COVID-19.

It remains unclear, why an imported batch of consumables is released for sale before testing negative for COVID-19. As per the report, so far, people who handled the batch of squids have tested negative, and so are the storage areas.

Fuyu CDC authorities, the city where a 10 kg batch of the imported squid was sold to a local frozen seafood market have urged consumers who bought the product between August 24-31 to register at their communities, and to get tested for the virus.

A notice has been enacted to the general public in the region, and have been advised against gathering and consuming frozen seafood. People who show symptoms must get tested, the government said in a notice.

Since the pandemic began, China barred import from 56 cold-chain food companies from 19 countries where staffs were reported to have tested positive for COVID-19.

On 15th September, China’s General Administration of Customs announced over forty of the said clod-chain companies have voluntarily stopped importing products to China.

Earlier in August, samples of frozen chicken imported from Brazil in China’s Shenzhen city tested positive for the virus and similar sales-chain and batch contact tracing was initiated.

Experts have previously weight-in the novel coronavirus might thrive in contaminated food, preserved in a cold environment, which can be a cause of transmission to humans who come in contact with them.

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