The Municipal Affairs Bureau (IAM) has announced that no positive traces of the novel coronavirus were found after more than a thousand samples of frozen food products distributed by local suppliers were tested since June, including pork, chicken, fish, beef, lamb, shellfish and crustaceans from several different countries.
Chinese authorities indicated yesterday that a sample of frozen chicken wings imported from Brazil had tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Shenzhen, with the finding leading Macau authorities to suspend imports from that Brazilian meat factory.
‘According to import records, the last products from the meat factory in question that were imported by Macau in mid-June this year were frozen chicken breasts and thighs, not including chicken wing products. Local hygiene certificates for this batch of products were issued in January this year. These products have qualified hygiene documents and have already passed health inspections,’ the IAM noted.
After the incident, the World Health Organization (WHO) urged people not to fear catching the novel coronavirus from food as there were no indications the virus could be transmitted this way.
Notwithstanding, the IAM stated that it has extended the scope of random analysis of food imported from all over the world and distributed from the cold chain, its packaging and environmental samples, increasing the average quantity of samples to be analyzed from 30 to 100 per day.
Municipal authorities have also reinforced the cleaning and disinfection of local wet markets and supply markets, in order to adjust them to the general organizations of the prevention of epidemic, with over a thousand people working as cold chain and supply workers, vendors of fish stalls, etc. tested for Covid-19, with all obtaining negative results.
The IAM will also still test the employers, and urged food businesses to assume the responsibility for the health state of their workers, as the number of people circulating through local markets is expected to increase due to the new cross-border arrangements.