Beijing asks companies to restrict imports after finding coronavirus in seafood

Beijing asks companies to restrict imports after finding coronavirus in seafood

Beijing asks companies to restrict imports after finding coronavirus in seafood

BEIJING (Reuters) – Beijing on Monday urged importers to avoid frozen food from countries suffering from severe outbreaks of Covid-19, after testing of imported seafood for coronavirus on several occasions tested positive.

“Customs and local authorities have repeatedly detected the coronavirus in imported cold chain products, proving the risk of contamination,” the Beijing Municipal Commercial Bureau said in a statement circulated to companies purchasing food from overseas.

China earlier this month suspended imports from seafood producers in Brazil, Indonesia and Russia for a week or more.

The bureau urged to keep a close eye on the pandemic overseas and to “avoid cold chain food imports from areas heavily affected by the coronavirus in advance,” and promptly report positive test results to authorities.

(Min Zhang and Shivani Singh. Translated by Olga Vishnevskaya. Editor Anna Kozlova)

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