After more than a year after the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak was declared a global health emergency, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for The Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concluded that there is no credible evidence that food or its packaging is associated with or a probable source of virus transmission.
“Our confidence in the security of America’s food supply remains strong. Consumers should be reassured that we continue to believe, based on our knowledge of the currently available reliable scientific information, and supported by the huge international scientific consensus, that the food they eat and the food packaging they touch is highly unlikely to transmit the SARS-CoV-2 ”, was indicated in a joint statement.
They added that “it is especially important to note that Covid-19 is a respiratory disease that is transmitted from person to person, unlike gastrointestinal or food-borne viruses, such as norovirus and hepatitis A, which tend to become ill through contaminated food. Although there are relatively few reports on the detection of the virus in food and packaging, most studies focus primarily on detecting the genetic fingerprint of the virus, rather than evidence of virus transmission resulting in infection. human ”.
In the meantime, it was established that the USDA and FDA share this update based on the best information available from scientific bodies around the world, including a continuing international consensus that the risk of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 to humans through through food and food packaging is extremely low
“Furthermore, taking into account the more than 100 million cases of Covid-19, we have not found epidemiological evidence that food or food packaging is the source of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 to humans. Furthermore, transmission has not been attributed to food products or packaging through national and international surveillance systems ”, they added.
Meanwhile, they stated that “based on the scientific information that continues to be available throughout the pandemic, the USDA and FDA continue to rely on the safety of food available to US consumers and exported to international customers.”