Some findings from a new study have suggested that there is no potential risk of COVID19 infection from food or food packaging. The research says that there has not been any evidence to support the transmission of the virus through food contamination, handling, or packaging. The research has been conducted by the International Commission for Microbiological Specification for Foods (ICMSF). The findings of the study support the report from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as well. Experts have said that there is no food, which should be considered as a carrier of the virus SARS-CoV-2. Although it might be possible that people eat something contaminated with the virus and get infected, however, there are no such cases of coronavirus has been seen yet, as per the report.
Scientists have asserted that it is good to emphasize good food hygiene practices among people. Many countries have applied restrictions on importing food items. Authorities have been testing imported products to rule out the trace of the virus. They have asked companies to declare that their products are coronavirus free beforehand. On the contrary, the ICMSF has said that none of these restrictions is necessary, as no food item warrants as a carrier of the virus. The study says that authorities’ focus should be on protecting its food workers, consumers, and restaurant investors from being infected by person-to-person transmission of the virus.
The worry over virus transmission via surfaces started when a study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. This research had informed that the virus could be detected for up to 3 hours in aerosols, up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard, and for three days on plastic items and stainless steel. Scientists had also told that the virus could remain on various objects. Nonetheless, experts could not come up with a logical explanation of factors that could immobilize the virus, like sunlight or a disinfectant. They were unable to look at the varying levels of the virus as well in the study. However, experts still admit that wearing masks, keeping hand hygiene, and maintaining social distance are the best ways to be safe and prevent the spread of the virus.