Can Coronavirus Be Spread By Food?

According to experts with the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) there is no evidence that coronavirus is transmitted via food.


EFSA’s chief scientist, Marta Hugas, said: “Experiences from previous outbreaks of related coronaviruses, such as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), show that transmission through food consumption did not occur. At the moment, there is no evidence to suggest that coronavirus is any different in this respect.”


While it is likely that the initial outbreak of this infection can be traced back to animal sources in China, there is no evidence to suggest that the transmission beyond that is due to animal or food products.  This infection is transmitted person-to-person via respiratory droplets generated during coughing, sneezing, or breathing.


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