China detects coronavirus in frozen shrimps imported from Ecuador.
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On July 10, Chinese customs authority announced that the samples of imported shrimps from Ecuador tested positive for the coronavirus. A nucleic acid sequence analysis yielded positive for the virus outside and inside of the packaging.
This raises an important question, as to whether the virus could be transmitted through frozen food.
‘The test result doesn’t mean the virus is contagious, but reflects the loopholes in companies’ food safety regulations,’ said Bi Kexin, director of the food import and export safety.
In response to the find, Chinese authorities banned the imports from three shrimp producers in Ecuador. The imports will be suspended to ‘ eliminate hidden dangers.’