While some members of the public have expressed concerns about the Coronavirus and the food supply, experts say its unlikely coronavirus spreads through food.
While the USDA and FDA have not released any specific details for how Coronavirus could affect food safety, the World Health Organization says consumers should practice good food safety measures.
During a congressional hearing this week, Michigan Congressman John Moolenaar asked U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue if the virus can survive in the food supply or in meat packaging plants. Perdue says absolutely not, the virus is not transmissible through food. “You don’t want to be eating with someone who sneezes on your chicken when you eat it, but nonetheless, it’s not a foodborne illness like we would think of.” More than 110,000 people worldwide have been confirmed with the virus and there’s been no evidence it’s transmitted through food.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the virus is unlikely to survive on surfaces and there is likely very low risk of spread from food products or packaging that is shipped over a period of time. Restaurants and food service establishments are being urged to take preventative steps to protect their employees and customers because of human to human transfer.