That Coronavirus can not be of food or contracted Food Packaging, the federal government said on Wednesday in an effort to allay concerns about the role food processors play in potentially transmitting the disease.
“There is no evidence that people can contract COVID-19 through food or food packaging,” said a joint statement by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn.
“The United States understands the concerns of consumers here at home and around the world, who want to know that manufacturers, processors and regulators are taking all necessary precautions to prioritize food safety, especially during these challenging times,” the statement continued.
In addition to public health officials, the Mayo Clinic Earlier this month it said there was no evidence anyone contracted COVID-19 after touching food containers or packaging.
Perdue and Hahn also noted that some nations are using COVID-19 to restrict food exports despite contradictions about how it was transmitted.
“However, efforts by some countries to restrict global food exports related to transmission of COVID-19 are not consistent with the known science of transmission,” they said.
Several countries began restricting food exports as the virus spread abroad Chinawhere it originated and raised concerns about possible food shortages.
Food prices have gone up slightly than a restricted supply chain and retailers Struggles to keep products on shelves increased as the pandemic took hold in the United States. Between March 1 and May 30, food prices rose 5.8 percent compared to the same period last year.