Coronavirus is not known to spread through food or food packaging, US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn said on Tuesday.
In pre-recorded remarks for the National Food Policy Conference, Hahn said that although there are still a lot of questions about Covid-19, "what we do know is that the virus is not known to be transmitted via food or food packaging. It is much more likely to be spread through person-to-person transmission."
Hahn said that while the US food supply chain "remains strong," the FDA and US Department of Agriculture are monitoring for potential nationwide and regional shortages.
The agency has also provided flexibility on things such as packaging and label requirements to "help clear new paths to the retail market" for food producers who found themselves with a surplus due to schools and restaurants closing, Hahn explained.