China is promoting a boatload of misinformation about Maine lobster

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It’s a trap!

Members of the Chinese media and government (often a distinction without a difference) are trying to convince people that Maine lobster had something to do with the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Don’t take the bait.

Chinese media outlets have  now suggested that a 2019 shipment of Maine lobster was a “Pandora’s box” that ushered in the global pandemic. This isn’t the only fishy deflection that Chinese officials have tossed into the water. Previously, they’ve cast aspersions about other imported food, including  Australian seafood. Now it seems that Maine lobster is next on their menu of COVID-19 origin distractions.

The timing and aim of these attempts at confusion are no mystery. It comes after China has

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