Covid-19 Virus Found on Frozen Squid Packets from Russia

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Chinese authorities in Jilin province has discovered traces of the deadly coronavirus on packages of frozen squid imported from Russia. Individuals who handled the packages were identified and already tested negative from the virus. Before the virus was detected, at least 10 kilograms of squid from these packages were imported to the city of Fuyu. All residents who have purchased and eaten the squid from this batch between August 24 to 31 have been instructed to take the Covid-19 test.

Read: Coronavirus Detected on Frozen Seafood Packaging in China

The Moscow Times: The World Health Organization has said that Covid-19 cannot multiply on the surface of food packaging and does not encourage disinfecting this packaging

Screenshot from the Moscow Times

The Moscow Times reports that authorities in China’s eastern Jilin province have discovered traces of coronavirus on packages of frozen squid imported from Russia, China’s state-run Xinhua news agency reported Sunday.

All individuals who came into contact with the packages in Changchun were identified and tested negative for Covid-19, Xinhua reported.

The squid manufacturer has not been identified and it is unclear whether disciplinary action will be taken against the company. Russian authorities have not yet commented on the incident. 

China has carried out widespread routine screenings on imported seafood and meat products since June, when an outbreak in Beijing was linked to a wholesale food market.

The World Health Organization has said that Covid-19 cannot multiply on the surface of food packaging and does not encourage disinfecting this packaging. 

Rt.com: Russia’s agricultural watchdog, Rosselkhoznadzor, told the Interfax news agency that it had not yet received official notification from China about the discovery of Covid-19

Screenshot from Rt.com

Rt.com disclosed that according to the Beijing news agency Xinhua, officials have since tracked down anyone who came into contact with the package, and placed them under medical supervision. They all tested negative for coronavirus, Xinhua reports.

On Monday, Russia’s agricultural watchdog, Rosselkhoznadzor, told the Interfax news agency that it had not yet received official notification from China about the discovery of Covid-19.

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