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Coronavirus Found on Ice Cream in Eastern China; Cartons Tracked Down, Employees Tested

Women wearing face masks eat ice cream on a street in Shanghai, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, China June 16, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song - RC2BAH9MEQYR

Women wearing face masks eat ice cream on a street in Shanghai, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, China June 16, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song - RC2BAH9MEQYR

The coronavirus was found on ice cream produced in eastern China, prompting a recall of cartons from the same batch, according to the government.

The coronavirus was found on ice cream produced in eastern China, prompting a recall of cartons from the same batch, according to the government.

The Daqiaodao Food Co., Ltd. in Tianjin, adjacent to Beijing, was sealed and its employees were being tested for the coronavirus, a city government statement said. There was no indication anyone had contracted the virus from the ice cream.

Most of the 29,000 cartons in the batch had yet to be sold, the government said. It said 390 sold in Tianjin were being tracked down and authorities elsewhere were notified of sales to their areas. The ingredients included New Zealand milk powder and whey powder from Ukraine, the government said. The Chinese government has suggested the disease, first detected in the central city of Wuhan in late 2019, came from abroad and has highlighted what it says are discoveries of the coronavirus on imported fish and other food, though foreign scientists are skeptical.

first published:January 17, 2021, 10:03 IST