Batch of mangoes imported from Taiwan tests positive for Covid-19

A batch of mangoes imported from Taiwan tested positive for Covid-19 yesterday (Thursday) with the whole batch destroyed, the Municipal Affairs Bureau (IAM) informed.

After samples collected in the fruits first tested positive the IAM stated it immediately initiated a contingency plan, sealing and destroying the 20 boxes of affected goods weighing a total of 100 kilogrammes.

None of the products concerned was said to have entered the market, with disinfection of the surrounding environment where the affected goods were kept carried out, while information about individuals who have come into contact with the goods has been provided to the health authorities for investigation and follow-up.

The IAM suspended the import of products from the same source from the producer concerned for one week starting from today.

‘IAM has continuously requested business firms to strengthen the cleaning and disinfection of the external packaging of imported food products and urged the public to wash their hands frequently, so as to make efforts to prevent the pandemic together,’ the municipal department added.