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Food Safety and COVID-19

This website is to be a one-stop resource for information related to food safety and the COVID-19 pandemic. Please know this site will be updated frequently as more information is available.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food. Before preparing or eating food it is important to always wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds for general food safety. Throughout the day wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, or going to the bathroom.

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

In general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from food products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient, refrigerated, or frozen temperatures.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions: Food Products - Food and Drug Administration 

Background on COVID-19

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