A study conducted by Chinese officials has found a Beijing meat and seafood market's areas with low temperature and high humidity may have been contributing factors to a coronavirus outbreak that infected more than 100 people, Reuters reported Thursday.
The discovery earlier this week of COVID-19 on a salmon chopping board in Beijing's Xinfandi market and the resulting media fallout is already having a serious impact on salmon companies around the world.
Nicolas Terrazas, CEO of New World Currents, a joint venture representing Chilean salmon companies Blumar, Granja Marina Tornagaleones and Cultivos Yadran in China, recently told IntraFish the market fallout has been swift.
Chilean and Norwegian authorities are currently in negotiations with Chinese officials to clear up the backlog. The wider salmon and seafood industry has launched a flurry of announcements highlighting no link between salmon and COVID-19, and citing scientific studies backing that assertion.
Chinese authorities are calling for more stringent oversight over sanitation at the country's fresh wholesale markets.