The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday said it found no evidence of coronavirus being spread by food or packaging.
It urged people not to be afraid of the virus entering the food chain.
Two cities in China said they had found traces of the coronavirus in imported frozen chicken wings from Brazil and on outer packaging of frozen Ecuadorian shrimp, raising fears that contaminated food shipments might cause a new outbreak.
WHO epidemiologist Maria Van Kerkhove said China had tested hundreds of thousands of packages and “found very, very few, less than 10” proving positive for the virus.
Brazil’s Agriculture Ministry said in a statement that it was seeking clarification on the Chinese findings.
More than 20.69 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and almost 750,000? have died so far.
The WHO urged countries now that are striking bilateral deals for vaccines not to abandon multilateral efforts, since vaccinating pockets will still leave the world vulnerable.