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China states risk of transmission of coronavirus through frozen food

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In China, a live virus was found on frozen food packaging. This is the first time that it was confirmed outside the laboratory that COVID-19, under special conditions, can persist on packaging for a long time, experts noted.
In China, a live coronavirus has been found on frozen food packaging for the first time, and a person who comes into contact with such packaging can become infected, according to the website of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Experts found a live coronavirus on a package of imported frozen cod when they investigated the cause of a new COVID-19 outbreak in the eastern city of Qingdao.
“The detection of live coronavirus on frozen food packaging in Qingdao is the first time it has been confirmed outside the laboratory that the new coronavirus can persist on packaging for a long time under special conditions,” the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention said.
It added that so far not a single case of coronavirus infection has been reported as a result of contact with frozen foods. The risk of getting infected in this way exists, but it is very low, the CDC noted.
At the same time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised people working with frozen foods not to touch them without protective equipment. They were also advised not to touch their mouth, nose or eyes until they removed their work clothes, which could be exposed to the virus, and before washing their hands, and to be regularly tested for COVID-19.
Earlier in China, only particles of COVID-19 were found on packages of frozen food, and not a live virus. In August, traces of the coronavirus were found on a package of shrimp that arrived in a shipment of imported products from Ecuador to Anhui province in eastern China, Reuters reported. In September, particles of coronavirus in China were detected on a package of frozen squid imported from Russia.

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