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Officials Say Chicken Wings Shipped To China Have Tested Positive For Coronavirus

Officials Say Chicken Wings Shipped To China Have Tested Positive For Coronavirus

Chicken wings being sent from Brazil to China have tested positive for the coronavirus, officials say.

The delicious and succulent meat arrived in Shenzhen on Wednesday and a sample was tested for the virus and came back positive.

People who might have come into contact with the frozen product were tested for the disease and thankfully they have all returned negative results.

All other products in the stock have been sealed off and tested negative as well. Contact tracing is underway for all related products that have already been sold to ensure no one becomes or can become sick from the infected chicken.

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David Hui Shu-cheong, a respiratory medicine expert at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, believes the infected chicken became contaminated during the packaging process.

This isn't the first time food has been contaminated with Covid-19.

The virus was found on shrimp packaging imported from Ecuador to China. The food was tested in eastern Anhui province during a routine inspection and was found to have traces of coronavirus, according to China's state broadcaster CCTV.

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There have been seven instances of the virus being found on food packaging since July.

Members of staff work at a COVID-19 testing lab built with an air-inflated structure in Daxing District, Beijing. Credit: PA
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There was an outbreak of coronavirus casa in Beijing that emerged from the city's largest wholesale food market in June. The virus was found to be on a chopping board from a worker dicing and slicing up some salmon. As a result, supermarkets in the city removed salmon for sales.

But Wu Zunyou, chief epidemiologist at the Chinese CDC, told the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection: "We cannot conclude that salmon is the source of infection just because novel coronavirus was detected on a chopping board of a seller."

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While Chinese officials have warned people against buying frozen and imported food, The World Health Organisation says it's unlikely people can contract the virus from food packaging.

The WHO released a statement, saying: "COVID-19 is a respiratory illness and the primary transmission route is through person-to-person contact and through direct contact with respiratory droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

"There is no evidence to date of viruses that cause respiratory illnesses being transmitted via food or food packaging. Coronaviruses cannot multiply in food; they need an animal or human host to multiply."

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