Scientific evidence obtained so far from European bodies and the WHO show that food products imported from China do not pose a health risk to EU citizens and by extension Cypriot consumers.
According to an announcement issued on Thursday by the Veterinary Services, the Health Services, and the Department of Agriculture, studies conducted by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), confirmed that food products imported from coronavirus-ridden China are safe for EU consumers.
As regards imports of animals and animal products from China, the announcement added, only certain products of animal origin may be imported into the EU, provided they meet strict health requirements and undergo rigorous checks.
As such, travellers entering the EU customs territories are asked to refrain from carrying meat, meat products, milk or milk products in their luggage.
The announcement added that the island’s relevant services are maintaining an open line of communication with the aforementioned scientific bodies for any updates.