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City tests 3,420 imported food samples

MORE than 3,400 imported cold-storage food samples have been tested for the coronavirus at the city’s designated transfer storage facilities since a new food-testing mechanism took effect on November 16.

All the samples have returned negative, Shanghai’s market watchdog said yesterday.

“The city has imposed closed-loop management on imported cold-storage food,” said Xu Jin, deputy director of the Shanghai Administration for Market Regulation.

All high-risk imported cold-storage foods to be stored, manufactured, processed or sold in Shanghai are subject to testing for the coronavirus and their packaging must be disinfected at designated facilities.

Only foods that have been tested and disinfected at the city’s customs and are cleared by customs authorities are exempt, the administration said.

So far, the city has selected one public transfer testing venue and 34 company cold-storage facilities that meet the criteria for testing, Xu said.

Strict tracking of goods is followed at these facilities as well, Xu said.

As of Sunday night, 3,420 food samples had been collected at these locations, and the nucleic acid testing results of 2,432 have been released and are all negative, Xu told the media.

The latest move comes on the heels of positive test results of coronavirus on the packaging of imported frozen food products in several cities across China.

About 130,000 cold-storage food samples from large agriculture and wet markets, supermarkets and cold storages in Shanghai have been tested so far and were found to be negative.

“We have ordered food businesses to strictly check the documents of food products, impose strict hygiene and personnel health management measures, and stick to standard processing procedures and the disinfection of dishware,” Xu told reporters.


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