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· No firm evidence of food trade spreading coronavirus - FAO
· TIMELINE-China's battle with coronavirus on frozen food and packaging
No firm evidence of food trade spreading coronavirus - FAO
Reporting by Gus Trompiz; Editing by Catherine Evans, Reuters
Nov 18, 2020
PARIS (Reuters) - There is no significant evidence of coronavirus being spread through food trade and such reports “need to be minimised”, Maximo Torero Cullen, chief economist of the United Nations food and agriculture agency, said on Wednesday.
The FAO has previously said it does not see food production in supplier countries as a source of the novel coronavirus, he told the Global Grain conference.
TIMELINE-China's battle with coronavirus on frozen food and packaging
Reporting by Shivani Singh and Beijing newsroom; Editing by Kenneth Maxwell and Sherry Jacob-Phillips, Reuters
November 17, 2020
BEIJING, Nov 18 (Reuters) - China has ramped up testing of frozen foods after saying it has repeatedly
discovered the coronavirus on imported products and their packaging, triggering mass scale testing of food
and related personnel, suspension of certain imports and disruptions to trade flows.
China, which has suspended imports from 99 suppliers in 20 countries, argues these measures are needed
to prevent more arrivals of the virus in a country that has largely contained the epidemic domestically. But
major food-producing countries are growing increasingly frustrated with China's scrutiny of imported
A seafood market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan is widely believed to be the origin of the
pandemic that emerged late last year, but the Global Times, a tabloid backed by the ruling Chinese Communist
Party, suggested this week that the presence of the virus on imported food raised the possibility that it
may have come from overseas.
Below is a timeline of the coronavirus found on imported frozen food or packaging in various parts of
the country from different origins...
more, including table