Ice cream samples have tested positive for coronavirus in China’s Tianjin city.
Even though China reported the world’s first case more than a year ago, new discoveries linked to the virus continue to prop up.
Anti-epidemic authorities have ensured all the products of the Tianjin Daqiaodao Food Company are sealed.
“It’s likely this has come from a person, and without knowing the details, I think this is probably a one-off,” Dr Stephen Griffin told Britain’s Sky News, adding the development was “unlikely to be a cause for panic”.
The firm, as per the preliminary epidemiological investigations, produced the batch of ice cream using raw materials such as milk powder imported from New Zealand and whey powder imported from Ukraine, Chinese state media reported.
More than 1,600 employees of Tianjin Daqiaodao were placed under quarantine, the report said.
Last year, living coronavirus was found on frozen food packaging in China. In a statement, the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and living novel coronavirus being isolated from the outer packaging of cold-chain food.
Earlier in July, China suspended imports of frozen shrimp after the deadly virus was found on packages and the inner wall of a container.
Allaying fears, the World Health Organization has said in August: “People should not fear food, food packaging or delivery of food.”