The main wholesale market in Beijing, Xinfadi, the focus of a covid outbreak last June, has suspended the storage and sale of frozen and aquatic products due to repeated findings of the virus in China in such packaging, the Chinese state agency reported today Xinhua.
In recent months, China has found traces of the virus in packaging of this type of food in several provinces of the country.
All frozen and aquatic products -c- have been withdrawn from the market’s cold storage chambers, to which the electricity supply has been cut off and they have been subjected to a disinfection process, according to the direction of Xinfadi, cited by the state agency.
The measures will not affect the fresh pork trade in the market, where coronavirus tests have also been carried out in all warehouses and cold storage facilities for fruits and vegetables.
The Xinfadi market, covering more than a million square meters and supplying more than 70 percent of Beijing’s vegetable products, was temporarily closed on June 11 after coronavirus was detected on cutting boards. salmon from one of their stalls and a regrowth occurred that left 335 confirmed cases in the capital.
More than 2 million Beijing residents underwent COVID testing as a result of the outbreak, including some 100,000 food delivery workers, who were considered possible vectors of virus transmission.
A month after the first case, on July 11, the local authorities considered the outbreak controlled, both in Beijing as in other provinces where related infections had been registered.
The September 6th The vegetable wholesale area and later other areas were reopened under strict control measures for operations.
A system was established that obliges both buyers and sellers to register before entering the market and provide information such as the registration of their vehicle, the area of the complex where they will carry out transactions or the entry and exit routes.
Likewise, temperature controls are carried out at the entrance, where they must also undergo a facial recognition system.
Traces of coronavirus in refrigerated packaging
In the last weeks, China has detected traces of coronavirus in several packages of refrigerated products -among them, of Brazilian meat and Ecuadorian shrimp-, which has led the authorities to tighten the regulations for the importation of frozen products and their control.
In fact, the contagion through this transmission route of two stevedores from the eastern port of Qingdao It sparked a small outbreak in the city early last month.
In November alone, frozen shipments of Indian and Indonesian fish, Brazilian meat and other products from Germany, Russia and the Netherlands tested positive for coronavirus in inspections, although since July there have been such cases in different products from different sources .