NINGBO, China (Reuters) – Authorities in the northeastern Chinese province of Jilin have discovered the new coronavirus on the packaging of imported squid, health officials in Fuyu City said on Sunday, urging anyone who may have bought it to be tested.
One of the packages arrived in the city through the capital of Changchun province, the Fuyu City Health Bureau said in its official WeChat account on Sunday.
He asked people who bought and ate imported squid at the local Sanjia Deda frozen seafood wholesale store, August 24-31, to report to neighborhood officials and request a COVID test.
Chinese customs said Friday it would suspend imports from companies for a week if frozen foods are positive for coronavirus and for a month if the supplier’s products are positive for a third time or more.
Recently, mainland China reported very few infections with the virus, which appeared in Wuhan late last year, with only 10 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday. It says the most recent cases come from people entering China from elsewhere.
In August, local authorities in two Chinese cities said they had found traces of the virus on cargoes of imported frozen food. The World Health Organization then said it saw no evidence of the spread of COVID-19 with food or packaging.
Reporting by Shivani Singh in Ningbo and Sophie Yu in Beijing; edited by Philippa Fletcher