Worried can you contract the new coronavirus from food or food packaging? There is no need for such fears, the World Health Organization (WHO) said this week.
“People should not be afraid of food, or of food packaging, of food processing or delivery,” Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO Health Emergency Program, said Thursday from Geneva, according to Reuters.
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The official’s comments came after a report that a group of frozen chicken wings from Brazil exported to China tested positive for the novel virus, Chinese officials said this week.
Routine appearances of imported meat and seafood in Shenzhen City revealed coronavirus-positive birds, The New York Post reported, noting that anyone who may have come in contact with chicken wings – “along with food products stored for the group, “About the Post – tested for COVID-19. However, all results were reported negative.
Moreover this week, the virus was found on the packaging of frozen seafood shipped from Ecuador to China.
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However, “there is no evidence that the food or food chain is participating [the] transmission of this virus. And people need to feel safe and secure, “Ryan added Thursday.
WHO epidemiologist Maria Van Kerkhove also spoke on the subject, noting that Chinese officials have tried “hundreds of thousands of packages” but “found many, very few, less than 10” that were positive for COVID-19. for Reuters.