A sample of chicken wings imported into China from Brazil has tested positive for COVID-19, authorities of Shenzhen, a southern Chinese city, have said.
A statement on Thursday said the virus was found after the disease control centres took a sample from a batch of chicken wings while screening frozen food imported into the country.
“On August 11th, Shenzhen Longgang District conducted investigation and inspection of imported cold-chain food. On August 12th, the provincial and municipal CDCs reviewed and found a surface sample of frozen chicken wings imported from Brazil (registration number: SIF601; batch number: 7720051522) The new coronavirus nucleic acid test result was positive.
“The Office of the Shenzhen Epidemic Prevention and Control Headquarters immediately organized relevant departments to conduct comprehensive nucleic acid tests on people who may be exposed to related products. The results were all negative, and close contacts of positive samples were included in health management; all relevant stock products in the city were sealed and carried out Nucleic acid test results are all negative. All products sold are traced and notified to relevant agencies for disposal; the outer packaging and storage environment of relevant products are all eliminated.
“Relevant departments in Shenzhen will continue to carry out retrospective inspections of related frozen products. The headquarters office reminded the general public to be cautious about buying imported frozen meat products and aquatic products in the near future, and at the same time pay attention to personal protection to reduce the risk of contracting the new coronavirus,” the statement written in Chinese said.