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COVID-19 Virus Detected On Frozen Meat As WHO Accused Of Downplaying Risk

by | August 17, 2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) has been accused of downplaying the risk of COVID-19 after the virus has been detected on the packaging of multiple frozen meat products.

Chicken wings and shrimp that were imported into China from South America were tested for COVID-19, with samples from both testing positive.

“No Evidence”

Following the discovery, a spokesperson for WHO announced in a statement that, “People should not fear food, food packaging or delivery of food.”

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Department of Agriculture (USDA) added to the statement to say, “There is no evidence that people can contract COVID-19 from food or from food packaging.”

The Shenzhen Epidemic Prevention and Control Headquarters in China has now advised that everyone should “take precautions to reduce infection risks from imported meat and seafood.”

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Samples of frozen meat packaging have tested positive for coronavirus (angellodeco/Shutterstock.com)

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COVID-19 Virus Risk

Current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that there is “no evidence to suggest that handling food or consuming food is associated with COVID-19.”

“Currently, no cases of COVID-19 have been identified where infection was thought to have occurred by touching food, food packaging, or shopping bags.”

The CDC does however advise that everyone should wash their hands after they have touched food product packaging, and before they prepare and consume foods.

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