Chinanews.com, July 10, Bi Kexin, director of the Import and Export Food Safety Bureau of the General Administration of Customs, said on the 10th that in order to prevent the risk of the introduction of new coronary pneumonia epidemic through imported cold chain food, the national customs carried out the new crown virus risk monitoring of imported cold chain food . On July 3, the customs of Dalian and Xiamen tested positive for the new coronavirus nucleic acid from some frozen packaging samples of white shrimp produced in Ecuador. The frozen South American white prawn shrimp body and inner packaging samples of the new coronavirus nucleic acid test of the above enterprises were negative.
On the 10th, the State Council's joint defense and joint control mechanism held a press conference on information related to preventing the risk of epidemic input and strengthening the supervision of imported cold chain food. Bi Kexin made the above statement when answering reporters' questions.
Bi Kexin introduced that in order to prevent the risk of the introduction of the new coronary pneumonia epidemic through imported cold chain food, the national customs carried out the new crown virus risk monitoring of imported cold chain food. By 24 o'clock yesterday, the Customs nationwide sampled a total of 227,934 samples, including 43,964 product samples, 147,568 internal and external packaging samples, and 36,402 environmental samples.
In the above sample, on July 3, Dalian Customs shipped frozen South America produced from Ecuador Empacreci SA (registration number 681) from a sample on the inner wall of the container of frozen South American white shrimp produced by Industrial Pesquera Santa Priscila SA (registration number 24887) of Ecuador. The three outer packaging samples of white shrimp were tested positive for new coronavirus nucleic acid. On the same day, Xiamen Customs tested positive for the new coronavirus nucleic acid from two outer packaging samples of frozen South American white shrimp produced by Empacadora Del Pacifico Sociedad Anonima Edpacif SA (Registration No. 654) in Ecuador. The frozen South American white shrimp shrimp body and the inner packaging samples of the new coronavirus nucleic acid test of the above enterprises were negative, and the other 227928 samples were all negative.
Bi Kexin said that after the positive samples were analyzed by nucleic acid sequence analysis and judged by experts, the test results indicated that the container environment and the outer packaging of the products of the three companies in Ecuador were at risk of contamination by the new coronavirus. Experts judged that the result of the detection did not mean it was contagious, but it reflected that the food safety management system of relevant enterprises was not implemented in place.
Bi Kexin pointed out that in order to protect the health of consumers, the General Administration of Customs decided to suspend Ecuador’s registration of the above three enterprises in China, suspend the import of the products of the above three enterprises, and take measures to return or destroy the temporarily detained goods. The General Administration of Customs has notified the competent authorities of the Ecuadorian government to ask them to investigate the relevant issues and provide feedback to China as soon as possible. At the same time, it is requested to further strengthen the supervision of food enterprises exporting to China, and urge enterprises to implement the "New Coronary Pneumonia and Food Safety: Guidelines for Food Enterprises" jointly developed and published by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization, improve the food safety management system, and strengthen production and processing. 1. Safety and health management during transportation and employee protection to ensure the safety of food exported to China.
In the next step, the General Administration of Customs will further strengthen the source control of imported cold-chain food, strictly control port inspection and quarantine, and ensure the safety of imported and exported food.