USDA and FDA Issue Joint Statement on Food Export Restrictions Relating to COVID-19


Last Wednesday, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn, M.D issued a joint statement on food export restrictions pertaining to COVID-19:


“The United States understands the concerns of consumers here domestically and around the world who want to know that producers, processors and regulators are taking every necessary precaution to prioritize food safety especially during these challenging times. However, efforts by some countries to restrict global food exports related to COVID-19 transmission are not consistent with the known science of transmission.”


“There is no evidence that people can contract COVID-19 from food or from food packaging. The U.S. food safety system, overseen by our agencies, is the global leader in ensuring the safety of our food products, including product for export.”

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