Geneva: There is no evidence of coronavirus being spread through food or packaging, stated World Health Organisation (WHO) on clearing doubts among people afraid of the virus entering the food chain.
“People should not fear food, or food packaging or processing or delivery of food,” WHO head of emergencies programme Mike Ryan told a briefing in Geneva. “There is no evidence that food or the food chain is participating in transmission of this virus. And people should feel comfortable and safe.” he added. The apprehensions came to the fore after two cities in China had found traces of coronavirus in imported frozen chicken wings from Brazil and on the outer packaging of frozen Ecuadorian shrimp.
On the issue, WHO epidemiologist Maria Van Kerkhove said that “very few, less than 10” food packages had been found positive for the virus among hundreds of thousands of packages that were tested. Meanwhile, Brazil, the country from where food packages tested positive for the virus, had stated that they wanted seeking clarification on the Chinese findings, adding that it was not responsible for what happened to goods after it left the country.
The COVID-19 virus had killed almost 750,000 and infected more than 20.69 million people worldwide.
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