The relevant federal authorities believe that this probability is too small and is not included in the list of COVID-19 transmission routes
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said there is no evidence that coronavirus can be transmitted through food or its packaging. It is reported by FOX News.
American experts believe that the likelihood of contracting the virus through shopping at the grocery store is too small. The main spread of the virus occurs from person to person, including the airborne droplet, when drops remain in the air after sneezing or coughing, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Unlike food-borne gastrointestinal viruses, such as norovirus and hepatitis A, which often infect humans through food, SARS-CoV-2 is a virus that causes respiratory infections. There is no evidence that foodborne exposure to the virus is one of the routes of transmission “, The FDA said.
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Despite this, presumably the virus can spread from infected food workers who wash their hands incorrectly after visiting the bathroom, according to the Center for Coronavirus at Harvard Medical School.
“The virus that causes COVID-19 was also found in the feces of some people. Thus, at present, we cannot completely exclude the possibility of transmission of the infection through food by a person who has not washed his hands enough,” the center emphasizes.
But the virus dies at high temperatures during cooking, so salads or ready-made sandwiches can be a danger, experts say.
Benjamin Chapman, a professor and food safety specialist at the University of North Carolina, concluded that even in this case, the virus probably could not survive in the acidic environment of the human stomach.
The FDA adds that the virus will not be able to survive for long on imported food packaging, as it becomes inactive for a short period of time, which, depending on the surface, can be from several hours to several days.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the virus can spread if a person touches his eye or mouth after touching a contaminated surface, but this is not considered the main route of transmission.