China is saber rattling in the food world once again over a perceived link between Covid-19 and its imports of frozen goods.
This time, it’s Beijing making the noise. The city government told companies to avoid importing frozen food from high-risk nations — without outright naming any. In recent weeks, the Asian country has banned imports from plants in Ecuador, Brazil and Indonesia, disrupting trading channels.
Beijing’s commerce bureau says Chinese customs and local governments have repeatedly detected traces of the pathogen in imported cold-chain foods at a time when foreign food companies continued to report new coronavirus infections.
But at the same time, the international community has repeatedly stressed that there’s no concrete evidence the virus can be transmitted through food and packaging, and experts remain doubtful that it’s a major threat.
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