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China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention said it found the active Covid-19 virus in the outer ingredient of cold food packaging, adding that it showed the possibility of infection through such contaminated surfaces, according to state broadcaster CCTV.
The virus was found on food packaging in the coastal city of Qingdao in Shandong province, the report said, without specifying the source of the product. Qingdao reported a dozen new cases of the virus this month, most of which are linked to a hospital where infected travelers from abroad are treated.
China has repeatedly said in recent months that imported cold products are at risk for re-introduction of coronavirus into the country. It has previously tested the packaging of the product from different countries and found positive cases of the virus. Subsequently, imported products including seafood from Indonesia and chicken wings from Brazil were banned following positive tests on food shipping and packaging containers.
Experts at the World Health Organization have suggested that there is no evidence that the virus can be transmitted through food packaging.