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COVID-19 IN FROZEN FOOD IMPORTS DOWNPLAY BY WHO

Novel coronavirus has been detected in containers of imported frozen food (chicken wings) in Shenzhen, China.

This discovery raise fresh concerns that the coronavirus can spread on surfaces and enter the food chain. Investigation has stirred again to find out if freight is one transmitter.

Though viruses can survive up to two years at temperature of minus 20 C, but scientist says no evidence support that coronavirus can spread via frozen food. People should not be fear food, food packaging or delivery” WHO head of emergencies programme Mike Ryan said.

Brazil’s Aurora, said that alleged contamination was not formally notified by the Chinese authorities and all the possible measures were taken to prevent spread of coronavirus. No evidence were surfaced that it was spread through food. Brazil’s agriculture ministry is seeking clarification from Chinese authorities.

Shenzhen’s health authorities have traced and tested everyone who might have come in contact and contaminated, but all results appeared negative. The Shenzhen Epidemic Prevention and control headquarters said it is unclear at which stage chicken got infected.