The food and health authorities in Hong Kong have found traces of the Covid-19 on frozen ‘sotong’ slices imported from Malaysia during a regular testing routine.
According to South China Morning Post (SCMP), the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department and the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) discovered traces of the virus on Tuesday (2 November) and alerted the public the very next day.
However, it is reported that the sliced ‘sotong’ had not yet enter the local market.
The result also prompted a mandatory testing notice for all those who had visited the storage site at Kerry Cold Store (Hong Kong) Limited in Kwai Chung’s Kerry TC Warehouse 1 since last Friday (29 October).
The department also said its Centre for Food Safety (CFS) has collected 12 samples from the surface of the frozen cuttlefish slices and their packaging from a batch of 390 boxes weighing around 3,100kg, that was imported from Malaysia by sea.
Following which, the CFS had inspected the warehouse and requested the operator to conduct a thorough cleaning and disinfection on the premises.
They were being instructed to dispose the tainted ‘sotong’ slices from the same batch.
The CFC will strengthen the testing of similar products too.
Meanwhile, this is the second time that SCMP had reported on imported products that were found to contain the Covid-19 virus, with the first incident involving frozen pomfret fish last August.
“The Covid-19 virus is predominantly transmitted through droplets and cannot multiply in food or food packaging.”
“According to current scientific knowledge, the World Health Organization and food safety assessment authorities in overseas countries considered that it is unlikely that the Covid-19 virus can be transmitted to humans via food consumption.” the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department said in a statement.
“Nevertheless, members of the public should always observe personal, food and environmental hygiene.” it added.