FOOD SAFETY REQUIRED IN COVID-19 CRISIS

by Chhavi Madaan | 2020-08-14

Coronavirus has created havoc in everybody’s life all around the world. The latest to join after people and animals are imported frozen food products. According to the local government of the Chinese city of Shenzhen, samples taken from the Brazilian chicken wings have tested positive for COVID-19. The chicken wings had been imported from a plant in Santa Catarina, a state of Brazil.

Action of Government

Authorities in Shenzhen have asked their residents to be very careful and cautious while buying imported frozen foreign food. All the people who may have come in contact with the product were traced and tested and found negative for COVID-19.

All the related products in the stock have been sealed off and tracing of the products of this brand that have already been sold is going on. The area where the contaminated chicken wings were stored has also been disinfected.

Earlier, one day before this coronavirus was found on the packaging of shrimps which was imported from another American country, Ecuador. There have been various other incidents where the virus has been detected on the packaging of imported seafood products.

After all these incidents the Chinese health officials are very much concerned about the safety of imported products. Some have even suggested to stop the import of frozen food. Chinese officials have also increased the screening of imported food products.

Packaged food safe or not?

According to the study, the experts are in the opinion that coronavirus can stay on the packaging material from a few hours to a few days depending upon the type of material and the climatic conditions such as temperature and humidity. The coronavirus can stay on plastic or paper up to 5 days.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and America’s Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), believe that the possibility of catching the virus through food is very less. The coronavirus cannot multiply in food, it needs a human or animal body to multiply. WHO said that there is no proof that the viruses transmitted via food or food packaging can cause respiratory illness. COVID-19 can only spread if you touch a contaminated object or food and then touch your nose, mouth or eyes with the same hands.

Experts said that food products can get contaminated during the packaging process. A virus can survive on the frozen product but they are not sure if the virus found on the chicken wings can infect a person. There is a possibility that the sample tested picked up the RNA of some dead virus and is not capable of causing any infection.

The Brazilian Association of Animal Protein (ABPA) said that there is no scientific evidence that food transmits the virus and when the packaging got contaminated is also not sure. There is a possibility that it happened during the transportation process.

WHO and CDC, both organizations agree that the coronavirus spreads from person to person via respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, talks or sneezes.

STAY SAFE! STAY HEALTHY! STAY TUNED !

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