China: Ice cream tests positive for Covid-19
Coronavirus has been detected in some samples of ice creams in China due to which authorities seized products that have been potentially contaminated. The city government confirmed in a statement that the Daqiaodao Food Co, Ltd in Tianjin, was sealed and the employees are being tested for Covid 19. No indications of anyone contracting the virus from the ice-cream yet.
The city’s government authorities are now tracing people to identify those who have come in contact with the batches that are manufactured by the food company in order to quarantine them. Earlier, the company had sent three samples of its products to the municipal Centre for disease control in order to have them tested for the virus. All three tested positive. Raw materials for making the ice cream were imported to China. The milk powder was imported from New Zealand while the whey powder had been imported from Ukraine.
The company had to destroy 2089 boxes of ice cream; authorities say around 4836 boxes have been contaminated. 1600 employees of Tianjin Daqiaodao Food Company have been placed under quarantine and are being tested for COVID-19. Of them, the test results of 700 employees are negative.
The authorities said that the virus survived in the ice cream because of the cold temperature and believe that the virus has reached the ice cream through an infected person.