China claims pork from France infected with traces of Covid-19


Jan van der Made, RFI (France)



Chinese media has reported that traces of the virus that causes Covid-19 have been found in a shipment of frozen pork from France. The case is not isolated, and a recent study on the transferability of Covid-type viruses between humans and pigs has caused concern among scientists.


Last Sunday, authorities in the port of Xiamen, in China's eastern Fujian Province, detected the SARS-CoV-2 virus on the "outer packaging of 25 tons of frozen pork imported from France,” according to the Global Times, a newspaper close to China’s Communist Party.


The newspaper says that the shipment entered China from Shanghai.


A local branch of China’s Centers for Disease Control said that “none of the batch of frozen pork had been used or entered the market since arriving at a cold storage facility in Xiamen on Saturday.”


Local authorities promptly sealed up the products, and disinfected the surrounding area, according to the paper. Personnel were quarantined and tests came back negative.


Not isolated case ...


Swine flu ...


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