One Chinese city blocks activity related to frozen food imports
The Chinese city of Dalian decide to suspend all imported cold-chain food business activities due to a spike in COVID19 outbreaks reported this week. There have been three clusters identified at food cold stores, the latest with 163 positive cases. Ma Xiaowei, the head of the NHC who led the working group of the State Council joint anti-epidemic mechanism to Dalian, urged local authorities to contain the epidemic at the shortest time possible and minimize its impact on the society and livelihood of residents.
Data showed Dalian shoulders nearly one-third of the storage of cold-chain goods in China. The epidemic in Dalian is likely to impact the circulation of cold-chain food in the domestic market.
This is not the first time Dalian reported a cold-chain outbreak. In July last year, the outbreak in Dalian was suspected to have originated in the processing workshop of Kaiyang Seafood Company. In December last year, the first infected people of the epidemic in Dalian Jinpu New Area were handlers of imported cold-chain food, according to the Chinese newspaper Global Times.
According to statistics, there is about 600,000 industrial staff related to imported cold chain in Dalian. Due to the large number of people involved in this sector, the risk of the epidemic spreading outside the city limits is high, and the pressure for prevention and control of it is enormous, officials added.
During the last 18 months, China often rejected food imports blaming packaging for being contaminated with the novel coronavirus.
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