Ice cream was found to be infected with COVID-19 in China after three samples tested positive for the virus.
Anti-epidemic authorities in the north ChinaTianjin Municipality is looking for people who may have had contact with the lots that were produced by the Tianjin Daqiaodao Food Company.
All products manufactured by the firm have been sealed and contained after samples sent to the municipal center for disease control this week tested positive for coronavirus…
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Initial epidemiological investigations show that the company produced a batch of ice cream using raw materials including milk powder imported from New Zealand and whey powder imported from Ukraine.
Dr. Stephen Griffin, a virologist at the University of Leeds, told Sky News that this development is unlikely to cause “panic.”
“It probably came from a person, and without knowing the details, I think this is probably a one-off incident,” he said.
“Of course, any level of contamination is unacceptable and always a concern, but chances are that this is the result of a problem in the manufacturing plant and possibly a hygiene problem in the plant.”
He explained that the low temperature at which the ice cream was stored and the fact that it contains fat may explain why the virus survived in the samples taken, but suggested that the news shouldn’t be a major concern.
“We probably shouldn’t panic that every piece of ice cream will suddenly be infected with the coronavirus,” he said.
1,662 company employees were quarantined and tested for nucleic acid Thursday at the direction of the Tianjin Center for Disease Control.
Authorities said the company produced 4,836 boxes COVID-19– Contaminated Ice Cream, 2089 of which have been sealed in stock.
A total of 935 boxes of ice cream out of 2,747 boxes that entered the market were in Tianjin and only 65 were sold to the markets.
Authorities said residents who may have purchased the product should report their health and physical movement to those living in their communities.
The city has also informed market regulators in other provinces where the ice cream has been shipped so that it can be tracked.