TAD NewsDesk, Beijing: The Beijing Municipal Commerce Bureau (BMCB) has urged the trading companies to boycott frozen food items from those countries that are seeing a substantial surge in COVID-19 cases. BMCB took this step after a few reports of the presence of coronavirus in the frozen seafood imported from these countries came to fore.
According to the BMCB in a notice released to the trading companies, “Customs and local governments have repeatedly detected the coronavirus in imported cold chain food, proving it risks contamination,”
The Bureau has asked the companies to keep an eye on the spread of COVID-19 in foreign countries and “proactively avoid importing cold chain food from areas heavily hit by the coronavirus” and to take different routes for trading.
The companies are to take precaution and enhance their alarm systems; the bureau has advised them to report as soon as possible in case the food products test positive for COVID-19.
In Jilin province and Quindio city, the coronavirus was detected a few days ago in the packing of imported seafood even though the virus has not surfaced in China in over a month now.
Following its decision to curb food products form countries with the highest number of infections, China recently ceased imports from Brazil, Indonesia and Russia for more than a week.