Ice cream containing traces of Covid-19 is raising questions among scientists as well as consumers. According to the authorities in Tianjin, several samples have been tested. Traces of Sars-CoV-2 have been found in three of them.
After the primary investigation, it is assumed that the Ukrainian milk powder in the ice creams is the source. From 2,800 samples, which were sent for testing, five of them showed traces of the virus. The question is being raised among scientists and researchers about the sustainability of the virus in ice cream.
WHO’s Response To Virus Found In Ice Cream
According to WHO, the chances of getting infections from frozen food is relatively low. But China has shown the connection of catching an infection from imported food. A man from Tianjin was reportedly infected with Covid by consuming pork imported from North America. Han Jie, an environmental professor, informed us that usually frozen foods are safe to consume after they are treated in high temperatures. But ice creams are not processed in high temperatures. Thus, it is a matter of concern.
There is no concrete evidence about coronavirus being transmitted through frozen food. However, research has shown that the virus can survive much longer in cold temperatures. Yet, there have been very few instances of virus contamination in food. Only 0.48 times per 10,000 samples and 13 out of 873,475 samples of frozen food show the virus’s trace. This was recorded by the National Centre For Food Safety Risk Assessment, China.
As the question of virus contamination in Chinese ice creams and the probable consequences is still unanswered, China has intensified research. Over 90 percent of frozen food imported in China is being tested to prevent any unfavorable impact.