Beijing's Xinfadi seafood market, linked to coronavirus outbreak, suspends sales

WION Web Team
Beijing, China Published: Nov 26, 2020, 07:57 AM(IST)

Xinfadi market Photograph:( AFP )

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China has ramped up testing of frozen foods, citing it has repeatedly discovered the coronavirus on imported products and their packaging.

Beijing's Xinfadi market, which was linked to a coronavirus outbreak in June, has suspended sales and storage of cold-chain and aquatic products.

China has ramped up testing of frozen foods, citing it has repeatedly discovered the coronavirus on imported products and their packaging, triggering mass scale testing of food and related personnel, suspension of certain imports and disruptions to trade flows.

According to state-backed Beijing News, several infections in recent months in Qingdao and Tianjin cities involved handlers of imported frozen food.

Workers in a particular environment who repeatedly come into contact with cold-chain products polluted by the coronavirus might be infected without proper protection, a Chinese official said earlier on Wednesday.

To this end, refrigerated meat, seafood and frozen products in the market were disposed, and the market has disinfected over a hundred cold storages and shut down their power.

However, officials cautioned that the risk to consumers of catching the virus from cold chain food products was "very low".

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