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China places stricter rules on chicken imports, Brazil cries foul

Beijing fears coronavirus infection from frozen foods, but WHO says worry is unfounded

Chickens at a poultry factory in Brazil. The country's farm ministry says it is following strict standards to ensure public health.   © Reuters

DALIAN/ SAO PAOLO -- China has tightened controls over food imports, requiring Ecuador and other countries to step up inspections of frozen shrimp, chicken and other products as part of its measures against the spread of the coronavirus.

However, the theory that the virus is spread through the food chain has been called dubious by the World Health Organization, which has said there is no proof for such transmission.

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