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Ice Cream Tests Positive For Covid-19 In China

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If infecting 93 million people around the globe wasn’t enough, the coronavirus has infected an ice-cream in Northeastern China too.

According to a report by Tianjin Government Affairs Network, three samples of ice cream, produced by the Tianjin Daqiaodao Food Company have tested positive for Covid-19. The flavors of these three samples were chocolate, strawberry, and taro, which is a flavor derived from a starchy root crop of the same name.

The Food Company has been locked down since the discovery, and all goods that have been distributed by the company’s warehouse have been tracked. Its 1667 employees are currently in quarantine, and as of Friday, 700 of them have tested negative for the coronavirus.

Tianjin Government Affairs Network reports that the ice creams were made from milk and whey powder imported from New Zealand and Ukraine. But it believes that the cause of the contamination weren’t the raw materials, rather it’s an issue with the production plant and its level of hygiene that has caused the infected ice creams to enter the market.

Local authorities have alerted the public against purchasing ice cream produced by the company. It is unclear how COVID-19 could have found its way into a batch of frozen dairy products, but University of Leeds virologist Dr. Stephen Griffin says that the baffling turn of events was likely a “one-off,” and the virus may have still been present within the ice cream’s fat due to its cold storage temperature.

“Of course, any level of contamination is not acceptable and always a cause for concern, but the chances are that this is the result of an issue with the production plant and potentially down to hygiene at the factory,” Griffin said. “We probably don’t need to panic that every bit of ice cream is suddenly going to be contaminated with coronavirus.”

As for now, the level of contamination is not concerning. But health authorities in Tianjin are closely monitoring the situation to see if the virus is found in other food products too.

Source: Tianjin Government Affairs Network