TIANJIN, China – Three samples of ice cream from a Chinese company gave a positive result for COVID-19 and as a result thousands of boxes of dessert were confiscated.
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The contaminated ice cream caused Tianjin Daqiaodao Food Company to dispose of 2,089 cans of the product, although officials believe that more than twice that amount – 4,836 cans – was contaminated, Sky News reported.
More than half of all boxes were already available for sale when positive tests were found. Market regulators in other provinces outside Tianjin, where the ice cream was shipped, have been notified of the problem, and customers who may have purchased the product are being told to report their health to community officials.
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Officials believe the coronavirus survived the ice cream due to the cold and was probably transmitted by a person who had the disease.
Dr Stephen Griffin, a virologist at the University of Leeds, told Sky News that the contamination case was probably “one-off” and not indicative of a wider problem with the plant itself.
“Of course, any level of pollution is not acceptable and is always a cause for concern, but chances are it is the result of a problem with the production plant and possibly hygiene in the factory,” Griffin said.
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Initial epidemiological investigations revealed that Tianjin produced a batch of ice cream using raw materials, including milk powder imported from New Zealand and whey powder imported from Ukraine.
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