Health experts say that the coronavirus spreads from person to person through respiratory droplets when people talk, sneeze, or cough. It may also be spread by touching a contaminated surface. That's why officials were concerned when the coronavirus was found on the packaging of frozen chicken wings imported from Brazil.
The virus was detected during a screening of imported foods in the Southern Chinese city of Shenzhen and is the latest of seven instances where the government has found the virus on imported food products, according to a Chinese media report.
But according to the Mayo Clinic, "there's no evidence of anyone contracting the virus that causes COVID-19 after touching food packaging or containers."
According to The Hill, health authorities in Shenzhen traced and tested people who handled the food and their results came back negative.
CNN reported that health authorities in China cautioned the public against buying imported meat and seafood. Some have called for a halt on imported frozen food products. David Hui Shu-cheong, a respiratory medical expert at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, said that the contamination most likely occurred during processing. He added that the virus has been known to survive the freezing process and still be active when thawed, although it may not necessarily be still infectious.
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says "there is currently no evidence to suggest that handling food or consuming food is associated with COVID-19," the agency added that "it is possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object, including food or food packaging, that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes."
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