Chinese policymakers have been floating an untrustworthy theory: the new coronavirus did not originate in China, but was imported from Europe. Last fall, a chief epidemiologist of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention said at an academic conference. One theory is that the virus entered Wuhan through frozen food packaging.
The World Health Organization visited China this month to investigate the source of the virus. Members of the WHO delegation said that “it is possible to ship frozen cas to China” and introduced this virus, thus confirming the idea of food packaging. The report recommends that China ask the World Health Organization to agree to investigate the food hypothesis as a condition for entering Wuhan. By providing trust in this impossible theory, WHO is destroying trust in important projects to pinpoint the origin of the virus.
The most common culprit mentioned by Chinese officials is frozen salmon, although officials have also hinted that the virus may be on frozen cod, pig heads or other products. In response, Beijing suspended the import of certain foods and conducted inspections and tests on frozen foods, which often blocked imports from the United States and Europe.
The US Food and Drug Administration issued a strong statement last week. “There is no reliable evidence that food or food packaging is related to the spread of the virus or may be the source of the spread of the virus,” Acting Commissioner Janet Woodcocksaid said in a Covid update published on Thursday.
Other scientific institutions have reached similar conclusions. The International Code of Food Microbiology stated: “Although billions of meals and food packaging have been processed since the beginning of the COVID-1