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China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention said it found active Covid-19 virus on the outer component of refrigerated packaging, adding that it showed the possibility of infection via such contaminated surfaces, according to the state television station CCTV.
The virus was found on food packaging in the coastal city of Qingdao in Shandong province, according to the report without specifying the origin of the product. Qingdao has reported a dozen new virus cases this month, mostly linked to a hospital where infected travelers from abroad are being treated.
China has repeatedly said in recent months that imported refrigerated goods are risks of coronavirus reintroduction into the country. It had previously tested product packaging from different countries and found positive cases of the virus. It subsequently banned imported products, including seafood from Indonesia and chicken wings from Brazil, after positive tests on shipping containers and food packaging.
World Health Organization experts have suggested that there is no evidence that the virus can be transported via food packaging.