The positive shrimp ended up delivered to the ports of Dalian and Xiamen and have already been destroyed, the General Administration of Customs reported.

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China.- China’s customs authority said on Friday that it suspended shrimp imports from three producers in Ecuador, after detecting the coronavirus on recent shipments.

The state agency reported that samples taken from shipments of Industrial Pesquera Santa Priscila SA, Empacreci SA and Empacadora Del Pacifico Sociedad Anonima Edpacif have given six positive results. However, tests on frozen shrimp and inside of packages were negative.

Company executives could not immediately be reached for comment.

« After nucleic acid sequence analysis and expert evaluation, the results of the examinations suggested that the environment of the container and the exterior of the packages of the goods of the three companies were a risk of contamination of coronavirus« the General Administration of Customs said in a statement on its website.

« The companies’ food safety management system was not in order. »

The Minister of Production and Foreign Trade of Ecuador, Iván Ontaneda, said that they will integrate working groups with the Chinese authorities to reinforce the biosecurity protocols of the shrimp industry according to their concerns.

« I want to be clear that it is not a sanction for the product, it is not a sanction for the Ecuadorian shrimp, nor for the country, nor that the Ecuadorian shrimp exports are suspended to China, » he added to the press.

The findings are the first positive results announced by Beijing since it began testing frozen food imports for the presence of the virus.

It has taken a total of 227,934 samples to date, Bi Kexin food import manager Bi Kexin told reporters on Friday, including samples of food products, their packaging and their surroundings.

Samples of the positive results were taken on July 3 from shipments in the ports of Dalian and Xiamen. The products had possibly spent at least a month frozen in the container before arriving in China, said Gorjan Nikolik, a seafood analyst at Rabobank.

« Experts believe the results do not mean that they are contagious, but that the companies’ food safety management systems are not well implemented, » Bi told reporters.

China began testing fresh and frozen foods after the coronavirus was found on cutting boards for filleting salmon in a large Beijing market during an outbreak of coronavirus among the local workers.

Although experts have said there is no evidence that the virus can be spread through food, many Chinese buyers have halted salmon imports and the fish has been withdrawn from supermarkets.

The customs authority said it suspended imports from the three producers to protect consumer health and « eliminate hidden dangers, » also ordered that shrimp produced by the companies after March 12 and that have already been imported into China be removed. or destroyed.