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After analyzing the available scientific evidence, the coronavirus is not transmitted to people through food or food packaging

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) have assured, after analyzing the available scientific data, that the coronavirus is not transmitted to people through food or food packaging.

“Our confidence in food supply security remains strong. 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,” said USDA Acting Secretary Kevin Shea and FDA Interim Commissioner Janet Woodcock.

At this point, both have recalled that covid-19 is a respiratory disease that is transmitted from person to person, unlike gastrointestinal or foodborne viruses, such as norovirus and hepatitis A. While there are relatively few reports of detecting the virus in food and packaging, most studies focus primarily on detecting the genetic fingerprint of the virus, rather than evidence of transmission of the virus to people.

Since the amount of virus particles that could theoretically be picked up by touching a surface is very small and the amount required for infection by oral inhalation would be very high, the chances of infection by touching the surface of packaging or eating foods are extremely low, assured by the agency.

In addition, considering the millions of cases of covid-19 that have occurred around the world, US agencies comment that no epidemiological evidence has been seen that food or its packaging is a source of transmission of the coronavirus. In fact, no case of contagion from this cause has been reported.

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