CNN has reported that a sample of frozen chicken cuts from Brazil have tested positive for the coronavirus in Southern Chinese city of Shenzhen.
Chinese authorities made the claims on Thursday saying the coronavirus was detected Wednesday on a surface sample taken from a batch of chicken wings during the screening of imported frozen food in Longgang district of Shenzhen.
In a statement, the local government authorities said health authorities immediately traced and tested people who might have come into contact with the product, and all results came back negative while all related products in stock have been sealed off and tested negative.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other health experts including the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say the possibility of catching the virus through food is low. The WHO said:
There is no evidence to date of viruses that cause respiratory illnesses being transmitted via food or food packaging. Coronaviruses cannot multiply in food; they need an animal or human host to multiply.
Reports suggest that since July, there have been seven instances where the virus was detected on the packaging of imported seafood products across China.