On Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a joint statement reiterating that food and food packaging will not constitute the spread of the new coronavirus.
stated, “We have firm confidence in food safety. Based on the current understanding of reliable scientific information and supported by an overwhelming international scientific consensus, we believe that food and food packaging are extremely unlikely to spread the new coronavirus (SARS- CoV-2).
” It is important to note that COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that spreads from person to person, which is different from food-borne or gastrointestinal viruses (such as norovirus and hepatitis A) There are relatively few cases of detecting the new coronavirus on food and packaging. Most research focuses on detecting the genetic fingerprint of the virus, rather than the evidence of the virus in human infection. In theory, it is obtained by touching the surface of an object. The number of virus particles is very scarce, and the amount of virus required for infection through oral or inhalation is very high, so the chance of infection caused by contact with food or packaging is extremely low.”
” The latest view of the International Committee on Food Microbiology (ICMSF) shows that although billions of dishes and food packaging have been processed worldwide since the COVID-19 pandemic, so far, there is no evidence that food, food packaging Or food processing is an important way to cause the spread of the epidemic. In addition, there have been more than 100 million cases of new crown infection worldwide, and we have not found food or food packaging as epidemiological evidence of the spread of the new crown virus. There is also no national or international testing system. Blame the spread of the virus on food or packaging. Following the current production specifications and prevention mechanisms, the food business will continue to operate stably to ensure safe food supply. Good hygiene is the focus of ensuring worker safety.”
”Based on the scientific information continuously obtained during the epidemic, the US Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration have full confidence in the food safety of American consumers and international consumers.”