FDA and USDA issue joint statement on import restrictions and COVID-19

USDA and FDA reiterate that there is no evidence of people contracting the novel coronavirus from food or food packaging.
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On 24 June, US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and FDA Commissioner Stephen M Hahn, MD, issued the following statement regarding food export restrictions pertaining to COVID-19:

“The United States understands the concerns of consumers here domestically and around the world who want to know that producers, processors and regulators are taking every necessary precaution to prioritise food safety especially during these challenging times. However, efforts by some countries to restrict global food exports related to COVID-19 transmission are not consistent with the known science of transmission.”

“There is no evidence that people can contract COVID-19 from food or from food packaging. The US food safety system, overseen by our agencies, is the global leader in ensuring the safety of our food products, including product for export.”


The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in conjunction with the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), has issued guidance for manufacturing facilities, including food facilities, specific to controlling the spread of COVID-19 between workers. But the COVID-19 guidelines from CDC and OSHA are separate and distinct from the food safety requirements that all US food facilities must follow to ensure food safety.

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