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March 5, 2020

Coronavirus Outbreak Update

At this time, most people in the U.S. have little immediate risk of Coronavirus (COVID – 19) exposure, as the virus is not currently widespread across the country. Compared to the seasonal flu, COVID – 19 is less transmissible since transmission primarily occurs once symptoms are present and stops when symptoms subside.

Some questions have been raised regarding impacts to the food supply chain. Although it is possible to transmit COVID – 19 through surfaces, it is highly unlikely that transmission through food or food packaging would occur and there are no reports or transmission through food or packaging as of February 27, 2020. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it is also safe to receive packages from areas with known COVID – 19 illnesses.

We encourage you to visit the official websites below to get updates related to this outbreak. The best way to protect yourself and help contain this virus is through proper hygiene practices.

We will continue monitoring the COVID – 19 situation and keep you updated with any new developments.

Links:

World Health Organization Situation Report – March 4, 2020  

FDA COVID – 19 Situation Report – March 2, 2020

CDC COVID – 19 Situation Summary – March 3, 2020

WHO COVID – 19 Main Hub