WHO: there is no evidence that the Sars-Cov-2 virus is spread through food

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there is no evidence that the SARS-CoV-2 virus is spread through food or food packaging. WHO advises people not to panic about the virus entering the food chain.

WHO made the above statement after two cities in China said they had detected traces of coronavirus in frozen chicken wings imported from Brazil and the outside of frozen shrimp packaging imported from Ecuador.

At a press conference held in Geneva on August 13, Mr. Mike Ryan, Director of WHO’s emergency programs, said that people should not worry about packaging, processing or transporting food. . “There is no evidence that food or the food chain is involved in the spread of this virus. Everyone will feel comfortable and safe,” Mr. Ryan said.

Ms. Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO epidemiologist, said that China has tested hundreds of thousands of packaging samples and found “very, very few samples, less than 10 samples” that tested positive for the SARS-CoV- virus. 2.

Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture said in a statement it was clarifying China’s findings. Meanwhile, responding to Reuters, Ecuadorian Production Minister Ivan Ontaneda said Ecuador still maintains strict regulations and cannot be held responsible for what happens to export shipments after they leave the country .

Virus strains can survive in temperatures of -20 degrees Celsius for up to two years. However, according to scientists, so far there is no clear evidence that the corona virus can spread through frozen food. The Department of Agriculture and the US Food and Drug Administration said in a joint statement: “There is no evidence that humans can contract Covid-19 from food or food packaging.”

Also at this press conference, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the world has spent trillions of dollars to address the short-term consequences of the pandemic. G20 countries alone have mobilized more than 10 trillion USD for financial programs to handle and alleviate the consequences of the pandemic. This amount is 3.5 times more than the amount of money the world has contributed to the comprehensive response effort to the global financial crisis.

He called on the world to invest in research and development efforts within the framework of the ACT-Accelerator program led by WHO. Mr. Ghebreyesus emphasized that, in fact, this is the best economic stimulus program that the world should invest in.

In particular, the head of WHO emphasized that vaccine development will be a long, complicated, risky and expensive process. There is a need for vaccine candidates of many different types so that the world maximizes the chance of finding a solution to control the epidemic.

H.H (According to WHO, Reuters)