With all the recent news about the Coronavirus COVID-19, we wanted to share with our customers an update in terms of our prepared food and products.
We have been in contact with our manufacturer/supplier who are diligent in their food safety practices and follow established, strict guidelines addressing the following areas of operations:
Safety and health of employees and visitors
Facility and employee management plan
In addition to our Thailand-based manufacturer’s/supplier’s safety practices, we have included current details from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States government, related to food preparation, prevention and survivability of the Coronavirus COVID-19.
Specifically, with regard to COVID-19 spread, the CDC says: “Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food.”
See below for information taken directly from CDC website, and visit the United States CDC website for more information at www.cdc.gov.
Can the virus that causes COVID-19 be spread through food, including refrigerated or frozen food?
Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food. Before preparing or eating food it is important to always wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds for general food safety. Throughout the day wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, or going to the bathroom.
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 own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
In general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from food products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient, refrigerated, or frozen temperatures.
Learn what is known about the spread of COVID-19.
For more information from the CDC, please visit the website here: The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Corona Virus 2019 (COVID-19).