contaminated COVID-19 Ice Cream Intelwars

Three samples of ice cream tested positive for COVID-19 in China

Pat Gray discussed a report released on Friday about COVID-19-contaminated ice cream produced in China by Tianjin Daqiaodao Food Company.

“It’s likely this has come from a person, and without knowing the details, I think this is probably a one-off,” Dr. Stephen Griffin, a virologist based at the University of Leeds, told Sky News.

The article stated that anti-epidemic authorities in north China’s Tianjin Municipality are tracing people who may have been in contact with batches of ice cream.

Initial investigations determined the company “produced the batch of ice cream using raw materials, including milk powder imported from New Zealand and whey powder imported from Ukraine.” However, poor hygiene at the factory cold storage temperatures, rather than an issue with the production plant was noted.

In the article, Dr. Griffin claimed “we probably don’t need to panic that every bit of ice cream is suddenly going to be contaminated with coronavirus.”

“My gosh, so I guess you can get it from ice cream,” Pat said.

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What else?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “There is currently no evidence to support the transmission of COVID-19 associated with food. Get answers to other questions about COVID-19 and food from CDC, the Food and Drug Administration external icon, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture external icon.”

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Coronavirus Ice Cream Intelwars Marco Rubio Nancy Pelosi Video

Marco Rubio mocks Nancy Pelosi by showcasing his own ice cream stash — and makes her an offer

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) offered the world a glimpse into his freezer in a video on Friday, mocking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) tone deaf clip from earlier in the week where she showcased the huge stash of ice cream she keeps in her freezer to get through “these trying times.”

But Rubio’s video had a purpose, and he offered the speaker all he’s got in the way of frozen treats in exchange for her to stop withholding small business relief during the COVID-19 crisis.

What are the details?

Pelosi was accused of having a “let them eat cake” moment when she revealed the full stock of gourmet ice cream from her luxury kitchen for “The Late Late Show With James Corden” while millions of Americans are suffering from job loss and hunger during the ongoing pandemic.

Meanwhile, the wealthy California Democrat is facing pressure from members of both sides of the aisle to end her party’s blockade against replenishing the small business loan program that was quickly depleted amid among the crisis as more businesses face closure due to social distancing measures.

In a tongue-in-cheek effort to get Pelosi to stop stonewalling, Sen. Rubio made a video of his own and posted it to Twitter with the message, “So I hear Speaker Pelosi really likes ice cream? Here is what I am willing to do if she will stop holding aid for #SmallBusiness hostage.”

The Florida Republican is shown reaching into his freezer and revealing a bag of M&M treats, saying, “I will give you all the ice cream I have in here, Madam Speaker, if you will fund small business and stop holding it hostage.”

He added, “All of this right here. These M&M’s. Make it happen.”