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FDA Says No Reports That COVID-19 Transmitted by Food

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that there have been no reports that suggest COVID-19 can be transmitted through food or food packaging. In general, because of poor survivability of coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from food products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient, refrigerated, or frozen temperatures. This information was recently shared by the American Frozen Food Institute.

FDA also stated it is always important to follow good hygiene practices (i.e., wash hands and surfaces often, separate raw meat from other foods, cook to the right temperature, and refrigerate foods promptly) when handling or preparing foods.

FDA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization are closely monitoring the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).


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