Date: Feb 11, 2021

While recent reports from the World Health Organization (WHO) imply a possibility of COVID-19 transmission from food or food packing, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, peer global regulatory bodies and leading food safety experts agree that there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with eating food or handling food packaging.

Western Growers publically supports this scientific evidence regarding COVID-19 transmission, as the Association has advocated since the onset of the pandemic that consumers should not be concerned about COVID-19 transmission via food or food containers.

Most recently, WG and other representatives of the food and beverage critical infrastructure formally requested that the WHO and the World Trade Organization shift their scientific conclusions that consumers cannot contract COVID-19 by eating foods or handling food packaging, thereby allowing a narrative that is not supported by credible science. Click here to read the letter.

WG Staff Contact

Sonia Salas
Assistant Vice President, Food Safety, Science & Technology

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