Meat imported from South America to China tests positive for COVID-19

Yvonne O'Halloran

The COVID-19 virus has been found on the surface of frozen chicken wings imported from Brazil. This news comes directly from the Shenzhen Epidemic Prevention and Control (SEPC) Headquarters Office. Shenzhen officials identified the virus and have since performed testing on any individuals who may have come in contact with the meat. All tests have come back negative, and the infected products are to be destroyed.

Meat imported from Ecuador also contained the virus, according to officials. In that case, a package of shrimp in Xian, China tested positive for COVID-19.

Because of these new coronavirus concerns, SEPC is warning people of the dangers of purchasing imported meat. In a statement, they said, “The headquarters office reminded the general public to be cautious in buying imported frozen meat products and aquatic products in the near future.” They also recommend taking personal precaution to avoid the risk of contracting the virus.

These new findings in China have led the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) to file a lawsuit against the United States Department of Agriculture. PCRM, which is made up of 12,000 doctors, previously petitioned the USDA in May, but their petition was rejected. The PCRM called on the USDA to implement tests for COVID-19 on meat products. If there were no tests, the PCRM demanded labels on meat products to warn consumers of any potential COVID-19 contamination.

According to the Food & Environment Reporting Network, US meat-packing plant workers accounted for more than 40,000 COVID-19 infections and 189 deaths as of August 11. This makes those workers viral carriers, says PCRM president Neal Barnard, MD.

“Because these workers directly handle meat and poultry products, and because the COVID-19 virus is easily airborne, transmission of the virus to the products they handle is likely, which means transmission of the virus into people’s homes is likely.”

Article written by Tessa Altman- United States

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