Health Covid-19: in China, fear of contamination from imported frozen products

21:00  26 november  2020
21:00  26 november  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Frozen seafood and fish have been removed from warehouses in Beijing's Xinfadi Market, state media report. This is the market where a cluster was discovered last June. This decision follows several cases of Covid-19 infections linked to cold rooms for imported food products in several provinces.

With our correspondent in Beijing, Stéphane Lagarde

These are shrimps from Ecuador, chickens from Argentina, beef from Brazil, saber fish from Indonesia, heads of American pigs or even squid from Russia, for the most recent cases. Each time, the discovery of traces of coronavirus on the packaging of imported frozen products made the headlines in China. Several cases of contamination among dockers in the ports of Qingdao or Tianjin on the east coast have heightened the fears of the authorities.

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A week ago, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised consumers to disinfect frozen food from overseas. Today, the Xinfadi wholesale market in Beijing is cleaning its freezers. "We regularly check the condition of our stocks in the cold rooms in accordance with hygiene rules," said one of the communications officers of the Xinfadi market, reached by telephone. There have been reports of recent contamination cases related to frozen foods, we want to be very careful. But contrary to what some media claim, this is nothing new. The "seafood" section has been closed since the last epidemic. "

Information that is not specified in some articles, the current story being that of a coronavirus from elsewhere, in particular via imported frozen foods. A "possibility" that "does not rule out" a former Chinese CDC official. One way to send those calling for an independent investigation into the origin of the pandemic that has killed over 1.5 million people and devastated the world economy on another path.

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