uthorities in central China have found traces of the African swine fever virus in a popular brand of frozen pork dumplings, according to local media reports.
Mainland news website China Times reported on February 15 that officials from the Xiangxi Food and and Drug Administration in Hunan province detected the virus in dumplings made by Sanquan Foods, a Hunan-based manufacturer.
The discovery, which came to light on February 9, were found in three samples taken from two supermarkets in Hunan’s Luxi county. They came from the same batch produced in January, according to news website Jiemian.com.
Jiemian said while the dumplings have been withdrawn from sale by online retailers, they’re still found on the shelves at stores in Beijing, Xi’an, Shenzhen, and Kunming. A check today on e-commerce platforms Tmall, JD.com, and Yihaodian yielded no results.
Sanquan told China Times that they’re aware of online reports of the test results but have yet to receive formal notification from the government.
This is not the first time African swine fever virus have been detected in pork products. The Beijing News reported on February 17 that authorities in northwest Gansu province found the virus in several pork products, but the findings were only preliminary. Sichuan-based producer Anjing Foods announced in January that traces were discovered in their meatballs.
After its discovery last year, the virus has turned into an epidemic and has caused more than a million pigs to be culled since August 2018. It has been detected in farms in over 20 provinces and is highly lethal to pigs.
But the virus is not harmful to humans. According to Wang Shouwei, dean of the Beijing Academy of Food Science and director of the China Food Research Center, the virus can be killed by cooking pork at 60 degrees Celsius for at least 20 minutes.