- FDA advises that there is no need to disinfect food packaging
- There is no evidence of foodborne transmission of the coronavirus
- The clarification arises for fear that Covid-19 lives for hours on the surfaces
Disinfect coronavirus food. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) assures food consumers that it is not necessary to disinfect their food packaging for fear of contract the coronavirus, due to some information that the new virus can live on surfaces for hours, according to what is published on the portal of New York Post.
Through a statement, the government office indicated that studies Recent indicate that “we want to assure consumers that as of this date there is no evidence of food or packaging of human or animal food linked to the transmission of the coronavirus (Covid-19)”.
And the FDA added verbatim: “This specific Covid-19 causes respiratory ills and is spread from person to person, very different from foodborne gastrointestinal or gastrointestinal viruses, such as hepatitis A which frequently harm people through dirty food. “
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This information was given as a way to calm the spirits or the concern of consumers, given the fear that there is a possibility of contracting Covid-19 as some of the food packaging they buy in supermarkets is contaminated.
In this regard, an Infobae publication indicates that the surfaces may be contaminated with the new virus, so it is alerted of what to do in those cases to avoid becoming infected.
But he clarifies that it is not necessary to change eating habits, since it is not spread through food.
But beyond warning of a possible contagion from food packaging, the FDA government office preferred to give recommendations to consumers to avoid spreading the coronavirus in food stores and protect others.
As a first point, ask to make a list of the foods you are going to buy, secondly, he recommends the use of protectors or masks that are already mandatory in various parts of the United States, as well as washing your hands when you get home and after saving the victuals.
As a practical suggestion, FDA authorities advise that if you wish, you can clean food packaging and allow it to air dry for a better perception of safety in US consumers.
But the fear of contracting coronavirus through food packaging is not the only concern of consumers and store owners.
Due to the shortage caused by the coronavirus crisis, food pantries in the United States have been overwhelmed and some have long lines at their doors.
Even in normal times these establishments are in great demand, but the coronavirus has caused a flood of applicants due to the large number of people who have been left without work or with businesses hit hard by the economic crisis.
“About 50 percent of the people who are arriving have never been here before,” said Valencia A. Breckenridge, CEO of GraceWorks Ministries, a food pantry in Franklin, Tennessee.
But just as demand grows to its all-time high, groceries are running out of food. Restaurants, hotels and resorts – many of which are closed or with very limited operations – are no longer replenishing their stocks, while others can hardly fill supermarket shelves. Farmers no longer ship their meats and vegetables in bulk, but instead send them in individual packages to supermarkets.
The fear of food began in March.
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