USDA, FDA & CDC Reiterate There Is “No Credible Evidence” Food or Food Packaging Transmits COVID-19

Foremost Food Safety, Public Health Organizations Weigh In on Packaging Issue

Washington, DC | February 18, 2021 –Today the leadership of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) all emphasized that food or food packing is not a likely source of COVID-19 transmission. The rare joint statement said there is “no credible evidence” that the illness is transmitted that way.

“Today’s statement is an example of experts adhering to science and translating that high-level understanding into an important public health message,” said Lisa Weddig Vice President for Regulatory and Technical Affairs at the ?National Fisheries Institute.

In today’s statement the USDA, FDA and CDC highlighted the safety of the U.S. food supply saying, “consumers should be reassured” that their confidence is based on “overwhelming international scientific consensus.”

“From epidemiologists to biologists, authorities are confident in the safety of the seafood supply and, what’s more, health experts cite seafood’s role in supporting a healthy immune system,” said Weddig.

The groups noted that a recent opinion from the International Commission on Microbiological Specifications for Foods said, “despite the billions of meals and food packages handled since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, to date there has not been any evidence that food, food packaging or food handling is a source or important transmission route for [the disease.]”.

NFI encourages companies and countries to ensure their actions and policies are based on this scientific fact.


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