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Chinese city Dalian halts frozen food trade after COVID-19 cases -Breaking


BEIJING, (Reuters) – A Chinese port city Dalian ordered that all import chilled and frozen food businesses cease operations following an epidemic of COVID-19 last week.

More than 80 COVID-19-related cases have been reported by the Chinese city of China’s northeast coast in the last week. The first was reported in November 4th in Zhuanghe, a Zhuanghe warehouse worker.

According to state-backed newspaper Global Times on Thursday, local authorities had issued the order Monday.

China claims that freezing foods are a potential source of COVID-19. It also says it will refuse to import goods from other countries if they contain any packaging containing the virus. This is contrary to what the World Health Organization states.

Dalian is an important port for shipping seafood as well as fruits and certain meats.

The notice, which was posted to local industry websites, said that the suspension includes third-party cold stores, bonded warehouses and cold storage used in the catering sector. Reuters could not verify it.

Dalian’s food supply was also affected by the new cold storage requirements.

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