Regulators affirm Coronavirus virus unlikely to spread by food contact

*Two government regulatory agencies confirm consumers should be reassured that based on their understanding of currently available reliable scientific information and consensus, that foods and food packaging are highly unlikely to spread SARS-CoV-2

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Based on their understanding of currently available reliable scientific information and international scientific consensus, two government agencies have concluded a nearly year-long investigation, confirming previous findings that there is no credible evidence of food, or food packaging being associated with COVID-19 transmission, agency report said.

Dr. Janet Woodcock, Acting Commissioner of US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), said: “Our confidence in the safety of the US food supply remains steadfast.

“Consumers should be reassured that we continue to believe, based on our understanding of currently available reliable scientific information, and supported by overwhelming international scientific consensus, that the foods they eat and food packaging they touch are highly unlikely to spread SARS-CoV-2.”

Woodcock stated the principal reason for the agencies’ conclusions is that COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that is spread from person to person through the air, unlike foodborne or gastrointestinal viruses.

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