If you have been reading my posts since the pandemic began, you know I have attempted to refute the notion that COVID-19 can be spread by food and food packaging. The narrative to the contrary has emanated from officials in the Chinese government, who claim to have detected the virus on food products and packaging imported from other countries.
In the most definitive statement I have found to date, the Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention have flatly rejected China's claims. These entities have concluded "[o]ur confidence in the safety of the U.S. food supply remains steadfast," and the foods we eat and the packaging we touch are highly unlikely to spread COVID-19. They base this view upon "best available information from scientific bodies across the globe" and the fact that "considering the more than 100 million cases of COVID-19, we have seen epidemiological evidence of food or food packaging as the source of ... transmission to humans."
While there are many pandemic-related issues we should be concerned about, this is not one of them. Sometimes it is nice to be right.
There is no credible evidence of food or food packaging associated with or as a likely source of viral transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus causing COVID-19, according to the Department of Agriculture , the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).