Chinese officials reported that a surface sample of chicken wings imported from Brazil tested positive for COVID-19.
While it is now unclear how the virus got onto the packages, local health authorities said anyone who might have come into contact with the potentially contaminated products were tested.
"The positive sample appears to have been taken from the surface of the meat, while previously reported positive cases from other Chinese cities have been from the surface of packaging on imported frozen seafood", Bloomberg reported. The ministry reiterated that there's no scientific proof of Covid-19 transmission through food or frozen food packaging, citing the UN'S Food and Agriculture Organization and the WHO.
In July, customs officers in Dalian found the virus in the packaging of frozen shrimps that were imported from Ecuador and China.
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Li Fengqin, who heads a microbiology lab at the China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment told reporters in June the possibility of contaminated frozen food causing new infections could not be ruled out.
David Hui Shu-cheong, a respiratory medicine expert at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, said the imported food products that tested positive in China were nearly certain to have been contaminated during packaging. However, the local authorities have asked consumers to be careful while buying any imported frozen foods.
Both organizations point out that the coronavirus spreads mostly person to person through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
Experts say that while the SARS-CoV-2 virus is capable of infiltrating food or food packaging materials, it can not reproduce and can not survive at room temperature for long. "Coronaviruses can not multiply in food; they need an animal or human host to multiply".
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) says it is very unlikely you can catch coronavirus from food.
They also add cooking food will kill the virus.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Agriculture Department said in a joint statement "there is no evidence that people can contract COVID-19 from food or from food packaging".