August 13, 2020
By: Staff Report
TAMPA, Fla. – Frozen chicken wings, from Brazil, have tested positive for COVID-19 in China. You really can’t make this up.
A statement from the city of Shenzhen says: “On August 11th, Shenzhen Longgang District conducted investigation and inspection of imported cold chain food. On August 12th, the provincial and municipal CDC rechecked and found a surface sample of frozen chicken wings imported from Brazil (registration number: SIF601; batch number: 7720051522) The new coronavirus nucleic acid test result was positive.
The Office of the Shenzhen Epidemic Prevention and Control Headquarters immediately organized relevant departments to conduct comprehensive nucleic acid tests on persons who may be in contact with related products. The results were all negative, and close contacts of positive samples were included in health management; all relevant stock products in the city were sealed and carried out Nucleic acid test results are all negative. All products sold are traced and notified to relevant agencies for disposal; the outer packaging and storage environment of relevant products are all eliminated.
Relevant departments in Shenzhen will continue to carry out retrospective inspection and investigation of related frozen products. The headquarters office reminded the general public to be cautious in buying imported frozen meat products and aquatic products in the near future, and to take personal protection to reduce the risk of contracting the new crown virus.”
Shenzhen Epidemic Prevention and Control Headquarters Office August 13, 2020
The CDC and WHO say the chances of catching the coronavirus from food is low.
“Currently, there is no evidence to suggest that handling food or consuming food is associated with COVID-19,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states on their website.
However, they continue by stating it is possible a person could touch a surface that has the virus on it and then touch their mouth or nose, potentially spreading the virus.
The CDC recommends safe food practices like washing hands after touching food packaging and food products and cooking meat thoroughly.
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