China says it must improve hygiene in markets after Beijing outbreak

first_imgTopics : Low standards of hygiene in China’s wholesale food markets and vulnerabilities in its food supply chain need to be urgently addressed after a new coronavirus outbreak in Beijing, a leading body of the ruling Communist Party said.The resurgence of COVID-19 in the country’s capital over the past week, infecting more than 100 people and raising fears of wider contagion, has been linked to the city’s massive Xinfadi food center.The Communist Party’s top disciplinary body said the outbreak underlined the urgent need to improve sanitation standards and minimize health risks at markets. “The epidemic is a mirror that not only reflects the dirty and messy aspects of wholesale markets but also their low level management conditions,” the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said in a report published on its website on Wednesday.China’s sprawling food markets have emerged as an ideal breeding ground for the coronavirus, which has now infected more than 8 million people worldwide. The first major cluster of infections was traced to the Huanan seafood market in Wuhan, where bats and other wild animals were believed to be on sale.The CCDI report noted that most of the markets were built 20 to 30 years ago, when drainage and wastewater treatment was relatively undeveloped.An Yufa, a professor at China Agricultural University, was cited in the report as saying the markets must follow international practice and implement origin tracing systems as well as documentation on storage, transport and sale.Officials in Wuhan province took 3,000 samples from tools, chopping boards and drains in 114 farmers’ markets and 107 supermarkets this week to check for potential new sources of infection. All came up negative, they said.China has promised to ban the trade and consumption and wildlife in a bid to minimize disease transmission, though the use of wild animal products in traditional medicine will still be permitted. last_img read more

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Boca Raton man accused of steering urine tests to drug lab

first_imgPolice say a Florida man took more than $70,000 in kickbacks for steering urine tests to a drug-testing lab in Pennsylvania.Delray Beach police arrested 35-year-old Daniel Kaine of Boca Raton last week.Police landed an investigation into Kaine by Palm Beach County’s Sober Homes Task Force began after last year’s arrest of Jason Gadreault. Gadreault was arrested in March 2019 on nine counts of patient brokering and one count of conspiracy to commit patient brokering.According to a Delray Beach police report, Gadreault claimed that Genesis Diagnostics, a Langhorne, Pennsylvania-based clinical lab licensed in the state of Florida to operate and perform, among other things, toxicology and urinalysis testing, paid him for each urine specimen he referred to Genesis for testing.Police said Genesis gave treatment centers and sober homes a percentage of insurance payments for the tests.Records show that Gadreault wrote 12 checks payable to DMK Marketing, a licensed corporation registered to Kaine. The corporation dissolved in September 2019.Kaine faces six counts of aiding, abetting, advising or participating in patient brokering.last_img read more

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