The General Administration of Customs of China temporarily suspended product imports fingers Ecuadorian companies after detecting by nucleic acid tests remnants of coronavirus on the packages of your frozen products.
According to Chinese customs, remains of the coronavirus in four samples of three batches of frozen shrimp from Ecuador and exported to China by companies Proexpo (Procesadora y Exportadora de Mariscos SA) and Expalsa (Exportadora de Alimentos SA).
As a preventive measure, the Chinese authorities will not accept the export requests from these companies for one and two weeks, respectively.
In the same ad Similar actions were reported against a Mauritanian companya after customs found traces of the virus in their packages of frozen sea snail meat.
In July of last year, traces of coronavirus were discovered for the first time in the Ecuadorian white shrimp packaging from three companies in that countrys.
Chinese customs also detected coronavirus traces in the last year in refrigerated or frozen products from countries such as Germany, Russia, the Netherlands, Brazil or Argentina, which led Beijing to tighten regulations for the import of frozen products, with mandatory tests for products brought from countries where the pandemic is still raging.
The Chinese authorities blamed this transmission route -not detected for now in other countries- of small outbreaks in port cities such as Qingdao (east).
The official press of the country already raised at the end of last year the narrative that the initial outbreak of the pandemic, registered in the central city of Wuhan, could have been related to this type of importsAlthough in recent months the theory seemed to have lost steam in state media publications.