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Beijing finds coronavirus in imported pork, fruits
Published: Oct 11, 2021 01:16 PM
Staff at a center for disease control and prevention in Qinhuangdao, North China's Hebei Province, take cold-chain samples at a pharmaceutical warehouse. COVID-19 has been found on the packaging of a growing number of cold-chain products. Photo: cnsphoto

Staff at a center for disease control and prevention in Qinhuangdao, North China's Hebei Province, take cold-chain samples at a pharmaceutical warehouse. COVID-19 has been found on the packaging of a growing number of cold-chain products. Photo: cnsphoto



Beijing has reported a weak-positive coronavirus testing result in mixed samples of imported pork and fruits at a store in the city's Xicheng district, local health authorities said on Sunday. Emergency response was immediately launched, finding all related personnel and environment samples returning negative COVID-19 results. 

The samples include a piece of pork, longan, dragon fruit, navel orange and kiwi fruit, which are all imported from overseas, according to the latest notice of Xicheng district health authority. 

The district immediately launched emergency response, and carried out laboratory review, epidemiological investigation, sampling and testing of relevant items and the environment, personnel control and environmental disinfection. 

Multiple batches of fruit and meat samples have since been collected, as well as samples from the store's environment and related personnel, all of which returned negative test results. 

The pork products in question, which have not been sold so far, have been taken off the shelves, and the store is temporarily closed, the notice said. 

Experts believe that the risk of spreading the epidemic through the products is relatively low. 

Meanwhile, the Xicheng disease prevention and control center has urged all residents who bought the fruits in question to report to their communities as soon as possible. 

Global Times


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