USDA, FDA issue joint statement reminding public COVID-19 cannot be contracted from food


USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and FDA Commissioners Stephen Hahn have issued a joint statement about COVID-19 and whether or not it can be transmitted through food.

“The United States understands the concerns of consumers here domestically and around the world who want to know that producers, processors and regulators are taking every necessary precaution to prioritize food safety especially during these challenging times. However, efforts by some countries to restrict global food exports related to COVID-19 transmission are not consistent with the known science of transmission.”

“There is no evidence that people can contract COVID-19 from food or from food packaging. The U.S. food safety system, overseen by our agencies, is the global leader in ensuring the safety of our food products, including product for export.”

The statement comes after China banned exports from one one specific Tyson plant in Arkansas.