The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed that the coronavirus can remain on frozen food packages even during long periods of transit. The Wall Street Journal reported this with reference to a new draft of the recommendations.
For example, recent studies and reports highlight that COVID-19 can survive for a long time in freezing and cold storage conditions. In addition, transmission of the virus can occur from packaging to humans.
The recommendation emphasizes that the risk to consumers is assessed as minimal, however, in rare cases, food may be contaminated during production.
The Wall Street Journal emphasizes that after receiving a draft version of the document, representatives of the organization notified the publication that the version of the recommendations was sent by accident and it needed revision.
On January 15, the coronavirus was detected in a batch of ice cream in northeastern China in the city of Tianjin. The authorities seized the products after the infection was found in 4,836 ice cream boxes. At the same time, about a thousand boxes were sent to stores, and 65 of them have already been sold. Raw materials for the production of cones and packages with ice cream came to China from abroad. So, milk powder was purchased in New Zealand, and whey powder came from Ukraine.