Germany – Germans think risk of coronavirus transmission by food is low

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The probability of coronavirus being transmitted via food is perceived by the public as being low, according to a survey in Germany.

Two thirds said the probability of being infected with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) via food was low. More than one in five rated the chance as medium and 12 percent said it was high.

There are no cases which have shown any evidence of humans being infected with the new type of coronavirus by consumption of contaminated food, according to the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR). As the viruses are sensitive to heat, risk of infection can be further reduced by heating foods.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has also said there is no evidence that food is a likely source or route of transmission of the virus.

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