China finds Corona virus on frozen beef tripe from different countries

BEIJING (Reuters) – The eastern city of Jinan said it had found the new Corona virus in beef and tripe and on packages of these products from Brazil, New Zealand and Bolivia as China ramped up frozen food tests.

Importers was a unit of Guotai International Group <002091.SZ> The Jinan Municipal Health Commission said in a statement on its website late Saturday.

It added that the ports of entry were the customs of Yangshan Port in Shanghai and the customs of the outer port. The statement from the city in Shandong Province did not mention the names of the companies that shipped the products.

She said more than 7,500 people who may have been in contact with contaminated products and other related individuals have tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19.

Last week, the Chinese authorities found the Corona virus on packages of Saudi shrimp in the city of Lanzhou, Brazilian beef in Wuhan, and Argentine beef in Shandong and Jiangsu provinces.

China is the largest buyer of beef in the world, and Brazil and Argentina are its largest suppliers.

In a statement late Saturday on the WeChat social media platform, local authorities said that Zhengzhou, the capital of central China’s Henan Province, detected the Coronavirus on the outer packaging of frozen pork from Argentina on Friday.

The samples that tested positive came from a batch of 24-ton frozen pork sent from a cold storage facility in Qingdao Port to a warehouse for a market in Zhengzhou.

The government said the batch was found contaminated during an inspection before the goods entered the warehouse.

The World Health Organization says the risk of contracting COVID-19 from frozen foods is low, but China has repeatedly sounded warnings after the virus was detected on imported food products, which led to an import ban.

(Reporting by Shivani Singh and Roxanne Liu in Beijing; Editing by William Mallard)

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