China finds coronavirus on packaging of Brazilian beef

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The Chinese city of Wuhan said on Friday it had detected the novel coronavirus on the packaging of a batch of Brazilian beef, as it ramped up testing of frozen foods this week as part of a nationwide campaign.

The Wuhan Municipal Health Commission said in a statement on its website it had found three positive samples on the outer packaging of frozen, boneless beef from Brazil.

The beef had entered the country at Qingdao port on Aug. 7 and it reached Wuhan on Aug. 17, where it remained in a cold storage facility until recently.

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The novel coronavirus first emerged in the central Chinese city late last year, at a market, and has gone on to spread around the world.

The beef shipment’s exporter registration code was 2015, the commission said, which refers to a plant owned by Marfrig Global Foods S.A., according to a Reuters search.

Marfrig could not immediately be reached for comment.

More than 100 staff at the Wuhan facility had undergone tests, it said, and 200 environmental samples had been taken.

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