China Suspends Shrimp Imports from Ecuador, Cites Coronavirus Concerns

China has suspended imports of shrimp from Ecuador after detecting traces of coronavirus in recent shipments, according to custom authorities. Chinese authorities said samples from shipments from Industrial Pesquera Santa Priscila SA, Empacreci SA and Empacadora Del Pacifico Sociedad Anonima had produced positive results. However, tests on the frozen shrimp and inner packaging were negative. “The test results suggested that the container environment and the outer packaging of the goods of the three companies were at risk of contamination,” the General Administration of Customs said in a statement on its website. The samples were picked up early July from Dalian and Xiamen ports, according to Reuters.

Imported fresh and frozen food had been tested since authorities found the coronavirus on a chopping board that was used to cut salmon at a Beijing food market.

Two of the companies from Ecuador said China’s decision is gravely exaggerated, stating that traces were only found on the walls of the container.

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