Beijing has asked frozen food importers to not bring in products from counties with severe coronavirus.
The Beijing Municipal Commerce Bureau said in a statement issued to import companies, “Customs and local governments have repeatedly detected the coronavirus in imported cold chain food, proving it risks contamination,” according to Reuters. The agency urged importers to “proactively avoid importing cold chain food from areas heavily hit by the coronavirus,” while also asking importers to improve warning and reporting mechanisms related to testing products for the virus.
This month, China suspended seafood imports from producers in Brazil, Indonesia and Russia for a week or more, claiming coronavirus contamination. Earlier this summer, China also halted imports from a U.S. Tyson Foods plant.
The U.S Centers for Disease Control and other world health organizations say the risk of contracting coronavirus from food is low. However, China has reportedly stamped out much of the virus, and is on high alert for any possible re-contamination.