There have been concerns that COVID-19 can be spread through food.
According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, “scientists and food safety authorities across the world are closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19. There is currently no evidence that food is a likely source or route of transmission of the virus.”
This message is also reinforced by the BC Centre for Disease Control. They do stress the importance of practicing the usual good food safety hygiene practices during food handling and preparation.
Such practices include:
- Washing hands
- Washing fruits and vegetables
- Cooking foods to safe temperatures,
- Avoiding cross-contamination of raw and cooked foods and storing foods safely.
More information can be found on the WHO website.
Ministry of Agriculture
There is a webinar produced by the Ministry of Agriculture on April 29th from 11am-12am MST. The webinar highlights the importance of food safety for small-medium growers, what to expect in the case of a recall, and practical examples of how to incorporate good handling practices into your day-to-day farm production.