No need to wipe food packaging during coronavirus pandemic, FDA says

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Warning, consumers: during an essential grocery shopping trip during the US coronavirus epidemic, there is no need to wipe the food packaging after you return home, according to a federal agency.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has attempted to allay Americans’ fears that their food packaging may be contaminated with the new coronavirus, as recent studies have suggested that it can live on certain surfaces between the hours and days.

But in a statement posted on its website Thursday, the FDA said, “We want to reassure consumers that there is currently no evidence that food or food packaging from humans or animals is associated with transmission. of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 “.

“This particular coronavirus causes respiratory disease and is transmitted from person to person, unlike gastrointestinal or gastrointestinal viruses, such as norovirus and hepatitis A, which often make people sick with contaminated food,” said he added, noting that there is currently no shortage nationwide. food, although some stores may be out of certain products.

The FDA has also provided advice on how to protect yourself, protect other buyers, and store employees when purchasing essential items. For example, he advised to:

  • Prepare a grocery list in advance
  • Wear a face mask or tarp in the store (this is in accordance with the recently updated Disease Control and Prevention Centers [CDC] and is now mandatory in hot spots like New York)
  • Practice social distance when shopping, make sure you stay at least 6 feet from others
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after you return home and again after storing the groceries

“Again, there is no evidence that food packaging is associated with the transmission of COVID-19. However, if you wish, you can wipe the product packaging and allow it to air dry, as an extra precaution, “added the FDA.

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