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· China reports further food-related coronavirus findings
… Recent reports include detection of coronavirus on packages of shrimp from Saudi Arabia, fish from India, beef from Brazil and Argentina, and pork from Germany…
· Coronavirus found on imported frozen pork in Shaanxi
… Local authorities have sealed the goods and disinfected the storage areas, stores and surrounding areas. None of the 109 pieces of imported frozen pork in the storages had been distributed to the market…
China reports further food-related coronavirus findings
By Joe Whitworth, Food Safety News by Marler Clark
November 16, 2020
China continues to report the presence of coronavirus on imported food products and packaging.
Recent reports include detection of coronavirus on packages of shrimp from Saudi Arabia, fish from India, beef from Brazil and Argentina, and pork from Germany.
The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) said infection via pork is unlikely based on current knowledge.
The National Service of Agri-Food Health and Quality (SENASA) in Argentina said it was the first time there had been such an incident in products from the country since the pandemic began and it was investigating.
The shipment had entered through the port of Shanghai. On Nov. 9, part of it was transferred to a cold store in Nanjing City, the capital of Jiangsu. On Nov. 10, prior to release to the market, Nanjing authorities tested the product and detected nucleic acid on the outer packaging.
China’s testing focus
Previous incidents have mentioned imported salmon from Norway, chicken from Brazil and shrimp from Ecuador — or their packaging — has tested positive for the virus after Chinese testing.
Since July, SARS-CoV-2 RNA contamination in frozen food imported from countries with epidemics have been reported in at least nine provinces in China.
In August, Chinese scientists concluded the virus was introduced as part of cold chain transmission when salmon was brought into a wholesale market, causing a large outbreak in Beijing in June.
In the same month, the city of Shenzhen in South China imposed COVID-19 handling and testing requirements for imports of frozen meat and seafood. This includes package disinfection and nucleic acid tests at a centralized warehouse before they are distributed for storage, sales and processing. Chinese importers are also requesting food exporters sign a COVID-19 declaration referred to in a China Customs (GACC) document.
In September, GACC announced measures for overseas manufacturers of imported food and packaging positive with nucleic acid for COVID-19 on entry to China. A manufacturer can have up to two positive tests, with their imports suspended for seven days each time. For subsequent positive tests of the same products, suspension will be for 28 days for each occurrence before being automatically lifted.
The International Commission for Microbiological Specifications of Foods (ICMSF) has previously said it is highly unlikely that SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, is a food safety risk.
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Coronavirus found on imported frozen pork in Shaanxi
via Macau Business - Nov 16, 2020
A packaging sample from imported frozen pork in the city of Xi’an, northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the city’s health authorities said on Sunday.
Yanliang District carried out routine inspections on imported frozen food, and one of the samples tested positive for the virus, according to the epidemic prevention and control headquarters of Xi’an.
Local authorities have sealed the goods and disinfected the storage areas, stores and surrounding areas. None of the 109 pieces of imported frozen pork in the storages had been distributed to the market.
All 18 individuals in Xi’an who had contact with the contaminated pork were put under quarantine for medical observation, and all of them tested negative for the virus. The other individual in the city of Weinan is awaiting testing...