New York, USA: The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) has reaffirmed the safety of frozen foods after Chinese officials reported frozen proteins tested positive for coronavirus.
“The overwhelming scientific consensus is that SARS-CoV-2, unlike norovirus and hepatitis A, is not transmitted by the consumption of potentially contaminated foods,” said the institute.
“The virus is unlikely to be in food, but even if it were, SARS-CoV-2 is transmitted by respiratory, not gastrointestinal routes,” said former NoroCORE scientific director and food virologist Dr Lee-Ann Jaykus.
“While we do freeze viruses to store them, there is no science that points to the link between surface contamination of food and the contraction of Covid-19.”
In addition, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration, US Department of Agriculture and the World Health Organization, there is no evidence for the spread of Sars-CoV-2 through consumption of food or food packaging, and no known cases of foodborne Covid-19.