The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday urged individuals to not concern catching the novel coronavirus from food, after Chinese testers discovered traces on food and food packaging.
The virus was discovered Tuesday within the Chinese metropolis of Shenzhen throughout a routine test on samples of frozen hen wings imported from Brazil, metropolis authorities stated.
The authorities stated they instantly screened individuals who had been involved with the contaminated merchandise, plus their family, and all of the checks got here again unfavorable.
In China’s jap Anhui province, the mayor of Wuhu introduced Thursday that the virus had been found on the packaging of shrimp imported from Ecuador, which had been stored in a restaurant freezer.
The WHO stated there was no must panic—and there have been no examples of the respiratory illness being transmitted by means of food.
“People are already scared enough and fearful enough in the COVID pandemic,” WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan advised a digital press convention in Geneva.
“People mustn’t concern food or food packaging or the processing or supply of food.
“There is not any proof that food or the food chain is taking part within the transmission of this virus.
“Our food, from a COVID perspective, is safe.”
Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO’s COVID-19 technical lead, stated the United Nations well being company was conscious of the experiences and understood that China was searching for the virus on food packaging.
“They’ve tested a few hundred thousand samples of looking at packaging and have found very, very few, less than 10 positive in doing that,” she stated.
“We know that the virus can stay on surfaces for a while.
“If the virus is actually in food—and we have no examples of where this virus has been transmitted as a food-borne, whereas someone has consumed a food product—the viruses can be killed, like other viruses as well, if the meat is cooked.”
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