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FSA publishes guidance for consumers on coronavirus (COVID-19)

New FSA guidance reassures consumers that food risks from coronavirus (COVID-19) remain low.

Last updated: 17 April 2020

The Food Standards Agency has today published new guidance to help consumers understand more about COVID-19 and food.

The guidance covers a range of issues including food hygiene, food packaging and social distancing when shopping. There is also advice on storing food at home, to help people manage leftovers and avoid waste.

The FSA’s advice is clear that it remains very unlikely that people can catch COVID-19 from food. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness and not known to be transmitted by exposure to food or food packaging.

The FSA is continuing to work closely with industry and other partners to ensure the UK food supply remains safe and the public kept informed of the latest safety advice. 

The guidance can be found on GOV.UK.