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China: Ice Cream tests Positive for Covid-19

Neha Singh

In North China, Tianjin city, ice cream samples have tested positive. Vaccines for Covid have given a boost in the fight against the pandemic. New discoveries linked to the deadly virus, however, continue to surprise the experts more than a year after China reported the world's first case.

Authorities said that the company produced 4,836 COVID-19 contaminated ice cream boxes, 2,089 of which have already been sealed and contained in storage as of Sunday, according to AP. It is  produced by Tianjin Daqiaodao Food Company - sent to the disease control last week tested positive for COVID-19. Anti-epidemic authorities have ensured all the products by the firm are sealed.

The company's employees also underwent testing. As of 2 pm on Thursday, 700 had already tested negative, the Independent added.

According to official state-run press agency Xinhua, as per the investigations, the firm produced the batch of ice cream using raw materials such as milk powder imported from New Zealand and whey powder imported from Ukraine.

Previous year, living coronavirus was found on frozen food packaging in China. In a statement, the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and living novel coronavirus being isolated from the outer packaging of cold-chain food. Earlier in July, China suspended imports of frozen shrimp after the deadly virus was found on packages and the inner wall of a container.

On the same issue, the World Health Organization has said in August: "People should not fear food, food packaging or delivery of food."

According to Johns Hopkins University, China has had 4,979 deaths in total, with the country's Health Commission blaming the recent rise in infections on travelers and imported goods from abroad. The World Health Organisation (WHO) said cases of live viruses on packaging seem to be "rare and isolated," The Telegraph reported.

A WHO team is in Wuhan, which reported the first case, is trying to trace the origin for the highly infectious virus.

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