Frozen croc meat as source of infection unlikely, sales resume

Hong Kong | 16 Jun 2021 7:13 pm

Health authorities said today that the samples collected from the packaging of prepackaged frozen crocodile meat from the vendor came back negative for the coronavirus, giving the green light for the product to be sold on the market again.

The Centre for Health Protection earlier reported that an environmental sample collected at the residence of a confirmed patient was found to be positive for the coronavirus, with the sample taken from the packaging of prepackaged frozen crocodile spare ribs imported from Thailand.

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department said today that after collecting a total of 103 samples from crocodile products, which included 41 food swabs and 62 packaging swabs, from storage points and retail outlets of the vendor, the results showed that all samples were found to be negative for the virus.

Given the conclusion of the test results, the vendor concerned may resume sales of the crocodile product.

Meanwhile, the CFS pointed out that according to current scientific knowledge, the World Health Organization and food safety assessment authorities in overseas countries, it is unlikely that a novel coronavirus can be transmitted to humans via food consumption.

“To prevent the import of the coronavirus through imported frozen foods, the CFS has stepped up precautionary testing measures, including enhanced testing of various types of frozen foods and their packaging imported from different regions, which involves taking samples at the Airport Food Inspection Offices and cold stores of importers,” the CFS added.

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