Beijing orders importers to avoid frozen food from countries with major coronavirus outbreaks

Authorities in the Chinese capital Beijing have ordered importers to avoid frozen food from countries suffering severe coronavirus outbreaks after several incidents of imported seafood testing positive for the virus.



a large body of water with a city in the background: A general view shows the skyline of the central business district in Beijing on December 17, 2018. (Photo by WANG Zhao / AFP)    (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP via Getty Images)


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A general view shows the skyline of the central business district in Beijing on December 17, 2018. (Photo by WANG Zhao / AFP) (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP via Getty Images)

According to a statement from the Beijing Municipal Commerce Bureau, “customs and local governments have repeatedly detected the coronavirus in imported cold chain food, proving it risks contamination.”

The bureau urged importers to closely monitor the pandemic situation around the world and “take the initiative to avoid importing cold chain foods from areas severely hit by the pandemic.” Companies are also instructed to improve their warnings and reporting mechanisms, and to inform authorities quickly if products test positive.

Health authorities, including

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