COVID-19 & Food
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there is no evidence showing that transmission of the corona virus, COVID-19 is associated with food. The agency notes that it might be possible that an individual can be exposed to the virus by touching a surface or a packaging container that has the virus on it and then touching his or her mouth, nose or eyes, but this is not believed to be the main way the virus spreads. “In general, because of poor survivability of these corona viruses on surfaces, there is likely (a) very low risk of spread from food products or packaging,” the CDC added. Even if the virus is on food itself, the CDC said that based on current information, it seems unlikely that the virus can be transmitted this way, although “additional investigation is needed.” The agency also stressed the importance of washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before preparing or eating food.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Frequently Asked Questions,” cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html#anchor_1584386553767, April 3, 2020
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