No SARS-CoV-2 detected on packages of frozen food

Wednesday, 27/01/2021, 09:29 [GMT+7]

No SARS-CoV-2 detected on packages of frozen food

Under the direction of Vietnam Food Administration, Khanh Hoa Food Administration Division has just conducted inspection and taken the outside of packages of exported frozen food for SARS-CoV-2 detection. 
 
According to Vo Hong Van, Chief of Khanh Hoa Food Administration Division, the division has carried out random inspections, implementing Khanh Hoa Department of Health’s decision dated January 19 to detect SARS-CoV-2 on packages of frozen food. The inspection was conducted at 6 businesses of imported refrigerated goods.
 
The inspection results show the 6 businesses have valid business licenses and food safety compliance certificates as regulated. 100% of the food businesses met regulations for regular health check-ups given to owners and workers. No staff in direct contact with food was with acute infection.
 
The 6 establishments have valid certificates of food safety knowledge issued by the Sub-Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries Quality Assurance; and meet regulations on protective equipment and personal hygiene for food dealers.
 
The establishments are reported to have suitable locations and space and keep a safe distance from sources of toxic or pollution; ensuring and maintaining hygiene in business places. The freezer space is able to prevent the influence of temperature, humidity, insects, animals, dirt, strange smell and negative environmental impacts; with enough light and sufficient ventilation.
 
The storage zones are large enough for separate kinds of food, ensuring hygiene during food storage, maintaining safe distance from ceilings, walls and floors in accordance with safety standards; food preservation regulations by producers’ instructions; together with temperature monitoring of food storage space according to regulations. The establishments are fully equipped for food preservation and trading.
 
The origin and expiry date of food traded at the establishments are shown on their licenses and other documents, namely declaration of imported goods, certificates of quarantine of imported animal products issued by relevant authorities. Product self-declaration profiles and labels are in accordance with regulations. No frozen food of poor quality or out of date was detected at the time of inspection.
 
35 samples of the outside of refrigerated goods were taken and sent to Khanh Hoa Center for Disease Control for SARS-CoV-2 testing. 35/35 samples (100%) were tested negative for the coronavirus.
 
T.L
Translated by N.T