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China finds coronavirus on frozen beef, tripe from various countries

The eastern Chinese city of Jinan said it has found the new coronavirus on beef and tripe, and on packaging for these products, from Brazil, New Zealand and Bolivia

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BEIJING (Reuters) - The eastern Chinese city of Jinan said it has found the new on and tripe, and on packaging for these products, from Brazil, New Zealand and Bolivia as ramps up testing on frozen foods.

The importers were a unit of Guotai Group and Shanghai Zhongli Development Trade, the Jinan Municipal Health Commission said in a statement on its website late on Saturday.

The entry ports were Shanghai's Yangshan port customs and outer port customs, it said. The statement from the city in Shandong province did not name the companies that shipped the products.

More than 7,500 people who may have had contact with the contaminated products and other related personnel have tested negative for the virus that causes COVID-19, it said.

Chinese authorities last week found the on the packaging of Saudi shrimp in Lanzhou city, Brazilian in Wuhan city and Argentinian in Shandong and Jiangsu provinces.

is the world's top beef buyer and Brazil and Argentina its largest suppliers.

Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province in central China, detected on the outer packaging of frozen pork from Argentina on Friday, local authorities said in a statement late on Saturday on the social media platform WeChat.

The samples that tested positive came from a 24-tonne batch of frozen pork that was sent from a cold storage facility in Qingdao port to a warehouse for a market in Zhengzhou city.

The batch was found to be contaminated during a screening before the goods could enter the warehouse, the government said.

The World Health Organization says the risk of catching COVID-19 from frozen food is low, but has repeatedly sounded alarms after detecting the virus on imported food products, triggering disruptive import bans.

 

(Reporting by Shivani Singh and Roxanne Liu in Beijing; Editing by William Mallard)

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First Published: Sun, November 15 2020. 10:18 IST
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