The Chinese government has called on the attention of the World Health Organization on how a sample of frozen chicken wings imported from Brazil tested positive for Covid-19.
The frozen chicken was tested in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, authorities said.
The coronavirus was detected on Wednesday on a surface sample taken from a batch of chicken wings during screening of imported frozen food in Longgang district of Shenzhen, the municipal government said in a statement.
The Officials did not disclose the brand.
CNN reports that the Shenzhen health authorities immediately traced and tested people who might have come into contact with the product, and all results came back negative; all related products in stock have been sealed off and tested negative.
Authorities are now tracing related products from the same brand that have already been sold, and have disinfected the area where the contaminated chicken wings were stored.
Daily Times reports that Brazil is the second highest in the world after the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University’s tally with a record of more than 3.1 million coronavirus cases.
However, Health authorities, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), have said the possibility of catching the virus through food is low..
The WHO says it is “highly unlikely that people can contract Covid-19 from food or food packaging.” According to the CDC, the risk of infection by the virus from food products, food packaging, or bags is “thought to be very low.”