THE Department of Agriculture(DA) and the Bureau of Aquatic Resources(BFAR) recently advised all Filipinos to observe proper food handling practices at all times following a report that traces of corona virus were found on frozen seafood packaging in a Chinese port city.
While there is no evidence to support the transmission of corona virus with food, DA and BFAR said the public should still observe proper sanitary practices.
“For the safety of consumers, it is advised that proper food handling practices be observed at all times,” it said in an advisory.
Goods bought from the market should be disinfected with alcohol or 0.5 percent bleach solution, the BFAR said.
Fresh food meanwhile must be washed with clean, running water before storage. Food must also be cooked thoroughly and kept at safe temperatures before consumption, it added.
The WHO had said there was no need to panic — and there were no examples of COVID-19 being transmitted through food.
“People should not fear food or food packaging or the processing or delivery of food,” WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan told a virtual press conference in Geneva.
“There is no evidence that food or the food chain is participating in the transmission of this virus,” he added. —Agence France-Presse