Macau Finds COVID on Packaged Taiwanese Mangoes 澳門驗出台芒果樣本新冠陽性 暫停進口1週

Macau media reported that a batch of mangoes imported from Taiwan tested positive for COVID-19. All 100 kilograms were destroyed. 


Tainan's mangoes are in the full harvest season. Many people are at Yujing's fruit and vegetable market choosing mangoes. However, Macau's media reported that a batch of mango samples imported from Taiwan tested positive for COVID-19. Farmers felt that it was impossible when they heard the news.

Mr. Chen, Fruit Farmer: “When was there a confirmed diagnosis? At their customs? Or were their packers infected with the virus already? We have these doubts. Is there some political pressure?”

Mr. Wang, Fruit Farmer: “When I saw the news this morning, I thought it was ridiculous. Our production has plummeted. This is a severe blow to the farmers.”

Mr. Wang, Fruit Farmer: “Incredible. I can't believe this happened. China wants to pin some inexplicable crime on us.”

Macau's Citizen Service website did publish that a batch of 100 kilograms of mangoes from Taiwan was all destroyed, and that importing was banned for a week. Chen Chi-chung, Council of Agriculture Minister participated in a forum with fishermen in Qigu on the morning of July 1. He said according to scientific evidence and the World Organization for Animal Health, no case has been found where the virus on a package can be transmitted to humans. Taiwan's Food and Drug Administration's tests for the alleged agricultural, fishery, and livestock products all tested negative. They call on China to return to science.

Chen Chi-chung, Minister, Council of Agriculture: “This time it's our packaged mangoes that detected COVID-19. I stress again. In the whole world, I think only China and its relevant tariff and SAR areas conduct COVID-19 tests on products. We still hope that China will act in accordance with relevant international trade rules.”

According to COA statistics, our country exported 1,840.55 metric tons of mangoes from April 1 to July 1 this year. The top five major export destinations were Hong Kong at 1,010.78 metric tons, Japan with 391.29 metric tons, South Korea with 339.09 metric tons, China with 50.17 metric tons and Brunei with 21.18 metric tons. Macau ranks ninth, with 0.94 metric tons sold as of July 1. The mangoes sold on June 29 were not listed in Taiwan's official export trade statistics. The Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine Bureau also stated that it has not received a notice of unqualified mangoes from Macau. But it will investigate further.

 

 

台南芒果正在盛產期,走進玉井青果市場挑選芒果的民眾也不少,不過,澳門媒體報導,一批由台灣進口的芒果樣本,新冠病毒檢測呈現陽性,果農聽到消息,都覺得不可能。

果農陳先生認為:「是不是到國外的時候,在他們海關那邊,還是說他們包裝人員有確診,有這些疑慮啦,是不是政策上有一些打壓。」

果農王先生指出:「早上看到這個消息,我覺得很誇張啦,產量都銳減了,對農民的打擊已經很大了。」

果農王先生也說:「不可思議耶!不可能發生,它(中國)也是要給你,冠一些莫名其妙的罪名。」

實際登上澳門的市民服務中心網站查詢,的確有公告一批來自台灣約20箱100公斤的芒果全部銷毀,並且禁止進口一週消息。對此,1號上午在七股與漁民參與座談會的農委會主委陳吉仲表示,不管根據科學證據,或是世界動物衛生組織,都沒有發現包裝上的病毒會傳染給人的案例,食藥署也針對被指控的農漁畜產品檢測都呈現陰性,呼籲中國應回到科學角度處理。

農委會主委陳吉仲表示:「這一次是針對我們芒果上面,所謂的包裝食品,有檢測到COVID-19病毒,我想我們再次呼籲,全世界我想只有中國以及它所屬的相關的這些關稅領域區域,才有在檢測COVID-19病毒,我們還是希望中國可以依照相關的國際貿易規則來進行。」

根據農委會統計,從今年4月1日至7月1日,我國外銷芒果量為1840.55公噸,前五大主要外銷國家為香港1010.78公噸、日本391.29公噸、韓國339.09公噸、中國大陸50.17公噸、汶萊21.18公噸。至於澳門則是排第九,到7月1日止銷售0.94公噸,6月29日外銷的芒果,並沒有列在我國官方的外銷貿易統計上。防檢局也表示,並未收到澳門通報該批芒果的不合格通知,還要再了解。

 

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