Food and food packaging is not a likely source of Covid-19 transmissionFood and food packaging is not a likely source of Covid-19 transmission

Authorities in the United States are reassuring consumers that food and food packaging is not a likely source of Covid-19 infection.

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued a rare joint statement, saying there is ‘no credible evidence’ that the virus is transmitted this way.

“Today’s statement is an example of experts adhering to science and translating that high-level understanding into an important public health message,” said Lisa Weddig, vice president for regulatory and technical affairs at the National Fisheries Institute.

The USDA, FDA and CDC highlighted the safety of the US food supply saying ‘consumers should be reassured’ that their confidence is based on ‘overwhelming international scientific consensus’. “From epidemiologists to biologists, authorities are confident in the safety of the seafood supply and, what’s more, health experts cite seafood’s role in supporting a healthy immune system,” said Ms Weddig.

The groups noted that a recent opinion from the International Commission on Microbiological Specifications for Foods said that ‘despite the billions of meals and food packages handled since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, to date there has not been any evidence that food, food packaging or food handling is a source or important transmission route’. NFI encourages companies and countries to ensure their actions and policies are based on this scientific fact.

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