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Experts Remind Public that Food and Food Packaging is Unlikely to Spread Covid-19

With the Covid-19 fear still prevailing, the US Food and Drug Administration, US Department of Agriculture, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reminded people on Thursday that Food and Food packaging are highly safe.

The FDA wrote in a statement, “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.”

The lack of credible evidence suggesting food or its packaging is causing the transmission made the three agencies stress the fact. The FDA said that Covid-19 is a respiratory illness that spreads from person to person. It is not a food-borne virus that makes people sick through contaminated food.

Theoretically, the number of virus particles that could be picked up by touching a surface would be small. Adding to this, the amount required for an oral inhalation would be high. Hence, the chances of infection through touching the package or eating the packed food is considerably low, says FDA.

They say that after considering more than 100 million cases of Covid-19, they have no epidemiological evidence of food or food packaging being the source of transmitting the virus particles. There have been repeated questioning by Chinese officials regarding the possibility of virus spread by packaged frozen foods. However, the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization have kept saying that it is doubtful for such transmission.

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