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Thailand safe from Covid-infected salmon imports: Fisheries Dept

Jun 19. 2020
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By The Nation

Authorities have moved to quell fears that a second wave of the Covid-19 outbreak in China could spread to Thailand via imported salmon. China said on Thursday (June 18) that a new outbreak of the virus had been traced to imported salmon processed at Beijing’s Xinfadi food market. The news rocked confidence in the Thai seafood market, since Thailand imports large shipments of salmon.

However, no raw-salmon products are shipped from China to Thailand, said Fisheries Department director-general Meesak Pakdeekong on Friday (June 19). Most salmon imports are processed and exported according to strict international standards, he added.

“Moreover, there is no evidence that fish can carry the Covid-19 virus since their respiratory systems are different from those of mammals,” said the director-general.

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