China on Friday said it was suspending imports from three Ecuadorean shrimp producers after detecting coronavirus in recent shipments, prompting one of the Ecuadorean producers to accuse China of “tarnishing the reputation” of the industry.
China’s customs authority said samples from shipments from Industrial Pesquera Santa Priscila SA, Empacreci SA and Empacadora Del Pacifico Sociedad Anonima had produced six positive results. However, tests on the frozen shrimp and inner packaging were negative.
The findings are the first positive results announced by Beijing since it began testing imported frozen foods for presence of the virus.
“The test results suggested that the container environment and the outer packaging of the goods of the three companies were at risk of contamination … and the companies’ food safety management system was not in order,” the General Administration of Customs said in a statement on its website.
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