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News & Events / BFFF monitoring the media surrounding the latest COVID-19 outbreak


BFFF are aware of reports circulating in the media surrounding the latest covid-19 outbreak in Beijing including the claims that its transmission route could’ve been frozen food. BFFF are monitoring the situation closely and Government are working hard to respond to such claims. As always, we will be led by the scientific evidence as and when it is published.

Latest UK research has shown that the probability that UK consumers will receive potentially infectious exposures of SARS-CoV-2 via the consumption of food or the handling of food contact materials or packaging is Negligible as assessed by pathway A (food of animal origin) and Very Low (“very rare but cannot be excluded”) as assessed by pathway B (contamination of food), with an overall risk of Very Low:

https://www.food.gov.uk/research/research-projects/qualitative-risk-assessment-on-the-risk-of-food-or-food-contact-materials-as-a-transmission-route-for-sars-cov-2