While the world is celebrating the new achievement of COVID19 vaccination by Russia, as per latest report a sample of frozen chicken wings imported from Brazil has tested positive for coronavirus in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen.
According to the municipal government, the novel coronavirus was first detected on Wednesday in a batch of chicken wings during screening of imported frozen food in the Longgang district of Shenzhen.
However, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), have stated that the possibility of catching virus through food is very low. Also, the Brazilian Association of Animal Protein (ABPA) has stated that till date there is no scientific evidence that the virus can transmit through meat.
According to reports, Covid-19 can spread by touching a surface or object — including food or food packaging that has the virus on it — and thereafter touching mouth, nose, and eyes.
WHO says that there is no evidence to date of viruses that cause respiratory illnesses being transmitted via food or food packaging. Coronaviruses cannot multiply in food; they need an animal or human host to multiply.
Once the virus was detected, health authorities in Shenzhen immediately traced and tested people who might have come into contact with the product and all results came negative.
Calling it as a precautionary drill, the authorities are now tracing related products from the same brand that have already been sold and are cross checking to minimize the chances of contamination via chicken wings and other food products.
This is not for the first time that traces of virus have been found on food. Since July, there have been seven instances where the virus was detected on the packaging of imported seafood products across the country.
Keeping the cases in view, Chinese health authorities have repeatedly requested the public to be cautious about buying imported meat and seafood.
As per reports, Chinese social media has called for the suspension of all frozen food imports.