Coronavirus News: Chinese Authorities Report Of SAR-CoV-2 Coronavirus Being Found On Ice Cream in The City Of Tianjin. Could The Virus Be Food-Borne?
: Chinese health authorities reported that active and infectious forms of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus were found on ice cream produced in the eastern city of Tianjin, prompting a recall of cartons from the same batch.
The ice cream manufacturer, Daqiaodao Food Co., Ltd. in Tianjin, adjacent to Beijing, was sealed and its employees were being tested for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, a city government statement said.
However to date there was no indication anyone had contracted the virus from the ice cream.
It was reported that most of the 29,000 cartons in the batch had yet to be sold, the government said. It said 390 sold in Tianjin were being tracked down and authorities elsewhere were notified of sales to their areas.
Interestingly the ingredients included New Zealand milk powder and whey powder from Ukraine, the government said.
Chinese authorities and researchers has suggested the COVID-19 disease, first detected in the central city of Wuhan in late 2019, came from abroad and has highlighted what it says are discoveries of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus on imported fish and other food, though foreign scientists are skeptical.
A previous research by Chinese researchers from the South China Agricultural University-Guangzhou, Institute of Animal Health-Guangdong and Fudan University-Shanghai had confirmed that the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is able to survive on seafood such as salmon for up to 8 days at 4 degrees Celsius which is the temperature of most frozen storage facilities for seafood and also for 2 days at 25 degrees Celsius and are still infectious. https://www.thailandmedical.news/news/breaking-chinese-study-confirms-sars-cov-2-transmission-via-frozen-seafood-such-as-salmon,-virus-can-survive-for-days-and-is-still-infectious
Also a Canadian study by researchers from Bureau of Microbial Hazards-Health Canada and the Faculty of Medicine-University of Ottawa on the potential foodborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 through fresh produce showed that typical coronaviruses like the HCoV-229E strains remains infectious for up to 3 days on cucumbers. https://www.thailandmedical.news/news/study-on-potential-foodborne-transmission-of-sars-cov-2-thru-fresh-produce-shows-that-coronaviruses-remain-infectious-for-up-to-3-days-on-cucumbers
A Singaporean study by researchers from the National University of Singapore, National University Hospital, Duke-NUS Medical School and the University College Dublin also showed that fresh and frozen food can harbor SARS-CoV-2coronavirus for at least 21 days and that food-borne transmission was possible. https://www.thailandmedical.news/news/coronavirus-latest-news-singaporean-and-irish-study-confirms-that-sars-cov-2-
Studies had already shown that aquatic animals can harbor the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus for weeks and that the virus was also found in milk from cows and also in pork meat. https://www.thailandmedical.news/news/coronavirus-news-researchers-caution-that-aquatic-animals-could-be-potential-reservoirs-for-sars-cov-2-and-prospective-therapeutics-from-algae
Western scientists and media along with the WHO have claimed that the SARS-CoV-2 cannot be transmitted by food and that the virus is not food borne. But as we have seen so far from the ongoing pandemic, nothing from the Western countries like the United States and the United Kingdom nor even the WHO should be listened to as they have been wrong on so many instances and merely looking at the COVID-19 situation in their own home countries makes it laughable and questions their competence and knowledge.
Thailand Medical News advises all our readers that food should be handled with care and necessary precautionary measures taken. Fresh produce such as fruits and vegetables should be washed thoroughly preferably with ozone water, meats and seafood etc should be cooked at high temperatures. Fridges should be properly disinfected and cleaned, and foods should be stored properly. Also check your food sources and be more diligent. Avoid restaurants and food delivery services for the time being.
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