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Please note: During this public health emergency, it is essential that you adopt and implement all public-health safety protocols to protect the health of your employees and customers.
According to the USDA and FDA there is no current evidence of food or food packaging being associated with transmission of COVID-19. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. This includes between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet), and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. However, it’s always critical to follow the 4 key steps of food safety—clean, separate, cook, and chill – to prevent foodborne illness.
To ensure you have the latest information about COVID-19 Coronavirus, please consult the RIDOH corona virus webpage. Please also view guidance from the FDA Food Safety and Coronavirus 2019 website and industry-specific guidance for owners and operators.