ENTERING RECOVERY PHASE 

The government released Disinfection Work Plan for Imported Cold Chain Food.

 

 

MEASURES

  • On 9 November, the National Health Commission (NHC) released Preventive and Comprehensive Disinfection Work Plan for Imported Cold Chain Food (in Mandarin).
  • The Work Plan aims to advance the current preventative measures towards COVID-19 through carrying out effective and efficient disinfection activities for imported cold chain food.
  • The Work Plan includes
    • oRoles & responsibilities across different departments and stakeholders
      • Customs Department
      • Transportation Department
      • Health Department
      • Market Supervision Department
      • Local/Provincial Authority
      • Businesses involved in production, processing, storage of imported cold chain food, etc.
    • Disinfection required across different stages, including
      • At the port
      • Transportation
      • Product circulation
      • Selling activities at market
  • Meanwhile, on 25 November, a press conference of the Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism of the State Council was conducted to introduce the control measures for cold chain foods as well as food safety controls in seasons of autumn and winter. Some of the key highlights include
    • The positivity rate for tests on packages was 0.48 per 10,000. While workers involved in the handling of imported cold chain product are most at risk, the government will continue to strengthen the regular testing for the workers and workers are required to practice appropriate preventative requirements while handling the cold chain products.
    • Currently, no infections have been found to be caused by direct consumption of imported cold chain foods. Consumers are advised to disinfect the surface of outer packaging & surrounding environment and washing hand after contact with imported cold chain food.
    • While winter is coming in the next few months, the government will continue to strengthen the virus inspection on imported food packaging.
  • The industry should continue to monitor the developments of the issue and comply with the relevant requirements when needed.