The Tianjin outbreak of epidemic blamed on German pigs German Ministry of Agriculture response: China has banned imports in September

The authorities in China’s Tianjin city of Tianjin, China’s new coronavirus prevention and control headquarters reported on Monday that an asymptomatic patient had been added as a truck driver transporting frozen food, and that the source of transmission of the virus was a shipment of frozen pig hands imported from Germany. In response, the German Ministry of Agriculture, the past has never found a case of infection due to consumption or contact with meat products contaminated with Wuhan pneumonia virus, but also said that because of the African swine fever epidemic, China banned the import of German meat products in September, allegedly the source of infection of the pig hand before the ban on departure, even if the virus is unlikely to survive for so long.

A unloading worker in Tianjin has been diagnosed with a new coronary pneumonia, because the official said in October 19 from Germany Bremen (Bremen) port arrived in Tianjin port of snow storage of pig hands on the package found weak positive virus, the official believes that the patient is due to contact with the virus on the package was infected.

In this regard, the German Federal Ministry of Agriculture (BMZ) thinks that the Chinese speculation is very unlikely, because up to now the academic community has not found any cases of infection through contact with or consumption of meat or meat products contaminated with the new coronavirus, live pigs and poultry are not infected with the new coronavirus, not to mention the carriers of the virus, and the workers of meat plants or meat processing plants also follow the hygiene rules and protective measures to minimize the chance of contamination.

In addition, the German Ministry of Agriculture particularly stressed that due to the outbreak of African swine fever in Germany, the Chinese government announced in mid-September this year that it would prohibit the import of any pork and related products exported from Germany, and that it would take about 4 to 6 weeks for goods to be shipped by sea from Germany to China, and as the stability of the new coronavirus in the environment is relatively low, it can only be transmitted by contact infection within a short period of time after contamination, it is considered unlikely that the virus can survive for such a long time even in a low temperature environment.