FDA Clears Air, Says No Proof Virus Can Be Transmitted Through Groceries
Jim Liebelt Jim Liebelt's Blog
- 2020 Apr 23
*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on Medical Daily.
Groceries or items that come from the outside of a home is subject to suspicion of possibly carrying any kind of strain tied up to the COVID-19 pandemic. With that in mind, most are now taking the initiative to apply the proper measures of disinfecting bags or any form of containers before they are brought in homes.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is well aware of this practice but its new guidelines may help clear the issue on these cases. They are assuring shoppers that the risk of the coronavirus being transmitted through groceries or items is low since there has yet to be reports or evidence proving that anyone can get the virus from food or food packaging.
"We want to reassure consumers that there is currently no evidence of human or animal food packaging being associated with the transmission of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19'" the FDA said in a statement. "This particular coronavirus causes respiratory illness and is spread from person-to-person, unlike foodborne gastrointestinal or GI viruses, such as norovirus and hepatitis A that often make people ill through contaminated food."
Instead, the FDA explained that the chances of contracting the disease are likely when a person goes to the grocery and touches a dirty handle or doorknob and then touching their face, USA Today reported.