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World China Bans Seafood From Indonesian Exporter After Virus Found

12:20  18 september  2020
12:20  18 september  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

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(Bloomberg) -- An Indonesian seafood exporter has become the latest in a string of companies to be slapped with a ban by China after product packaging tested positive for the coronavirus.

a close up of a fish: Freshly caught fish sit in a bag ahead of an auction at the Muara Angke port in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. Indonesia's central bank has loosened monetary policy this year to help spur an economy that's growing well below the 7 percent target set by President Joko Widodo when he took office two years ago. © Bloomberg Freshly caught fish sit in a bag ahead of an auction at the Muara Angke port in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. Indonesia's central bank has loosened monetary policy this year to help spur an economy that's growing well below the 7 percent target set by President Joko Widodo when he took office two years ago.

The country will halt imports of aquatic products from PT Putri Indah for a week after finding coronavirus particles on the packaging of frozen hairtail, the customs office said in statement. The company based in North Sumatra did not immediately respond to requests for comment by text and phone.

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Chinese authorities have been investigating imported meat, seafood, packaging and containers as a potential source of Covid-19 since June after repeatedly finding traces of the pathogen. Still, only six of more than 500,000 samples have tested positive for the coronavirus, customs said earlier this month.

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The country has previously banned imports of products including frozen meat, Ecuadorian shrimps and Brazilian chicken wings following positive tests.

While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has said that there’s no evidence Covid-19 is transmitted on food or food packaging, Chinese researchers have found coronavirus on chilled salmon may be infectious for more than a week.

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