Contaminated ice cream caused Tianjin Daqiaodao Food Company to dump 2,089 boxes of the product, although officials believe more than twice that amount – 4,836 boxes – has been contaminated, Sky News reported.
More than half of all funds have already been distributed for sale upon detection of positive tests. Market regulatory authorities in other provinces outside of Tianjin where the ice cream had been dispatched were informed of the problem, and customers who might have purchased the product were told to inform community officials of their health.
According to the report, 1,662 employees of the company were tested on Thursday and placed in quarantine.
Officials believe that the coronavirus was able to survive in ice cream due to the cold temperature and it was possible that it was transmitted from a person with the disease.
Said Dr. Stephen Griffin, a virologist at the University of Leeds Sky News It is likely that it is a “one-off” pollution condition rather than an indication of a broader problem with the plant itself.
“Of course, any level of contamination is unacceptable and is always a cause for concern,” Griffin said, “but the odds are that this is due to a problem with the production plant and may be due to cleanliness in the factory.”
Preliminary epidemiological investigations revealed that Tianjin produced the ice cream batch using raw materials including milk powder imported from New Zealand and whey powder imported from Ukraine.