The Chinese city of Wuhan said on Friday it had detected the new coronovirus on the packaging of a batch of Brazilian beef, as it participated in a trial of frozen products this week as part of a nationwide campaign.
The Wuhan Municipal Health Commission said in a statement on its website that it had found three positive samples from Brazil on frozen and uncooked outer packages.
The beef entered the country at Qingdao Port on August 7 and reached Wuhan on August 17, where it recently resided in a cold storage facility.
The new coronavirus first appeared in a market in central China’s city late last year and has spread around the world.
The exporter registration code for the beef shipment was 2015, the commission said, which, according to Reuters research, refers to a factory owned by Marfrigg Global Foods SA.
Marfrig could not be reached immediately for comment.
More than 100 employees have been tested at the Wuhan plant, he said, and 200 environmental samples have been taken.
After taking drastic measures to control the spread of the virus among the population this year, China began testing imported food for the virus in late June.
As of September, it had received only 22 positive samples out of around 3 million, but some port workers recently discovered they had been infected with the virus, this week advancing testing and disinfection of food imports.
Chinese officials found coronavirus on packaging of Argentine beef this week, and another sample of imported beef was found positive in Shandong, the province said on Friday.
China is the world’s largest beef buyer, and Brazil and Argentina are its main suppliers.
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