A negative test result was obtained in 100% of cases, Gazeta.Ru reports. When taking samples, the experts gave preference to hand-assembled and packaged food products and products that were stored and transported frozen.
The bulk of materials for laboratory research by the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method were vegetables (40%), meat and meat products (26%), and fruits (22%). Genetic material (RNA) of the new type of coronavirus was not detected in any of the samples.
The testing was carried out as part of a project to assess the risks of food contamination with the pathogen COVID-19.