The pandemic has been going on for almost a year now, yet the numbers keeps increasing, especially in Indonesia. In the early pandemic, Many researchers say that the virus came from consuming bats as food. However, authorities in China have reportedly detected coronavirus on the squid packaging imported from Russia. Furthermore, they also found traces of COVID-19 on imported frozen food like chicken and pork.
The Shenzhen Epidemic Prevention and Control Headquarters have warned the public to take precautions around frozen food following the findings. The warning came when frozen chicken wings that had arrived in the city from Brazil have been contaminated by the coronavirus. Not only China but the Philippines also had banned chicken imports from Brazil when Shenzhen city authorities identified the chicken as originating from a plant owned by Aurora, Brazil's third-largest poultry and pork exporter.
In August, New Zealand reported its first case of COVID-19 was more than 100 days on Tuesday that may have been caused by imported frozen foods. However, according to Rachel Graham, an epidemiologist at the University of North Carolina, "If it (the virus) winds up on such packages at all — is unlikely to survive for the time it takes to ship goods from one place to another." The New York Times also wrote an article entitled You Probably Won't Catch the Coronavirus From Frozen Food; it said, "Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintain that "there is no evidence to suggest that handling food or consuming food is associated with COVID-19."
Apart from the fact that the main route of the virus is known to take from person to person is through the spray from sneezing, coughing, speaking, or even breathing, frozen food itself is pretty dangerous because it takes a very long process in which many people have touched the foods in various places. We can take a look at the case of thecontaminated enoki mushroom from South Korea a few months ago.
Even though the chances the virus might transmit through frozen foods seem pretty small, we all should still be extra careful. We cannot be 100% sure of the product's safety, so we may as well be careful ourselves. It is best to consume fresh foods from local markets to minimize unnecessary processes and get the best nutrition we need.