Tientsin Daqiaodao Food Company, the ice cream maker, sent three samples to the municipality’s disease control center this week. With the examination of the products and the positive result, the people who were thought to have been in contact with the ice creams were followed by the authorities in Tianjin municipality . In addition, Tianjin Daqiaodao’s products were sealed .
The event may be due to hygiene in the production facility:
Epidemiological investigations on ice creams revealed that the company produced the ice cream with raw materials, including milk powder imported from New Zealand and whey powder imported from Ukraine . Virologist Stephen Griffin of the University of Leeds explained that the incident should not cause panic , it was probably a one-off and caused by a human .
Speaking to Sky News, Stephen Griffin said, ” We don’t have to panic that every ice cream will be coronavirus. This is probably the result of a problem with the production facility and potentially depends on factory hygiene . ” The coldness in which ice cream is stored and the fat it has were one of the biggest reasons the virus survived on ice cream.
According to the statement made by the authorities, 2,089 of the company’s 4,836 coronavirus ice cream boxes were sealed and stored. Of the 2,747 boxes released, 935 were in Tianjin at the time of test results. Only 65 of these boxes were sold to markets.
In a statement regarding the incident, the company stated that 1,662 employees were quarantined and subjected to nucleic acid testing . Of the 1,662 employees, 700 tested negative for coronavirus . The test result of the remaining 962 employees has not been disclosed yet. Tientsin officials took measures to disinfect the production facility and instructed local residents who may have purchased the ice cream to contact the relevant medical institutions.