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Imported food, including Corona-hit nations’ imports, safe, says FSSAI

9,March, 2020

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), the country’s apex food regulator, has informed that food imported into India, including those from the Coronavirus-affected countries, is safe for human consumption.
To address concerns raised regarding the safety of such foods, FSSAI had constituted a committee of experts to examine possibilities of the presence of COVID-19 in imported food items.
In its report, the regulator opined that as of now, there was no conclusive evidence for the food-borne transmission of the Coronavirus, which predominately affects the respiratory system and spreads from human to human via droplets while sneezing, coughing, contaminated hands and surfaces.
The committee agreed with the advisories of global organisations that the predominant routes of transmission of the Coronavirus appeared to be human to human. It also clarified that meat from cooked livestock, including poultry, was safe to eat.
As a precautionary measure, the committee advised to avoid consumption of raw or
undercooked meat, as well as unprocessed food products. Frozen food items must be
consumed  only  after  cooking  them  properly. Good hygienic practices must be followed before consuming raw fruits and vegetables.
FSSAI is keeping a close watch on the situation. It will continue to gather and monitor  evidences from international agencies and scientific communities of any such transmission, leading to the Coronavirus disease, and will take appropriate steps to ensure the safety of food products. 

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