Macau is not following international standards as it hits Taiwanese mangoes with fresh ban

Macau is not following international standards, with the WHO saying that Covid-19 cannot be transmitted on the packaging, the Council of Agriculture said. This Saturday, Macau placed a ban on mango imports from a Taiwanese company after traces of the Covid-19 virus were allegedly detected in a shipment, the second such ban in two days. The Macau Municipal Affairs Bureau placed a one-week suspension on the unnamed company’s imports after samples collected from external packaging of its products allegedly tested positive for the nucleic acid of SARS-CoV-2.

The batches of mangoes from which the samples were collected have been destroyed, the bureau said, adding that the ban is ‘aimed at protecting Macau residents instead of targeting specific countries or regions.’

However, there is “currently no evidence that people can catch Covid-19 from food, including fruits and vegetables,” the WHO said. “Fresh fruits and vegetables are part of a healthy diet, and their consumption should be encouraged.”


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