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Can the new type of coronavirus be transmitted via food and objects?

Updated BfR FAQ dated 17 November 2020

Changes made to the version dated 20 October 2020:

  • Additions and revisions to topic of vitamin D
  • Several editorial revisions

After the outbreak of the respiratory tract disorder COVID-19 caused by an infection with the new type of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), and the subsequent epidemic in various regions of China, the virus is now around the world. Disconcerted consumers have asked the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) whether the virus can also be transmitted to humans via food and imported products, such as children’s toys, mobile telephones, objects such as door handles, tools, etc., as well as dishes and cutlery. Against this background, the BfR has summarised the most important questions and answers on the topic.

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17.11.2020
Updated BfR FAQ
Can the new type of coronavirus be transmitted via food and objects? 110.1 KB
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Communication

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09.11.2020
BfR Communication No. 051/2020
Infection with SARS-CoV-2 via pork meat unlikely according to current state of knowledge 53.2 KB
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19.06.2020
BfR Communication No. 027/2020
Meat products and coronavirus: transmission unlikely 107.2 KB
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BfR-Corona-Monitor

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19.01.2021
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 19 - 20 January 2021 518.8 KB
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05.01.2021
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 5 - 6 January 2021 504.6 KB
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17.12.2020
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 17 - 18 December 2020 469.1 KB
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08.12.2020
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 8 - 9 December 2020 463.5 KB
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24.11.2020
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 24 - 25 November 2020 465.0 KB
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10.11.2020
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 10 - 11 November 2020 458.8 KB
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27.10.2020
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 27 - 28 October 2020 433.7 KB
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13.10.2020
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 13 - 14 October 2020 440.7 KB
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29.09.2020
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 29 - 30 September 2020 439.9 KB
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15.09.2020
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 15 - 16 September 2020 435.3 KB
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01.09.2020
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 1 - 2 September 2020 443.1 KB
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18.08.2020
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 18 - 19 August 2020 432.5 KB
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04.08.2020
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 4 - 6 August 2020 427.0 KB
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21.07.2020
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 21 - 22 July 2020 419.6 KB
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07.07.2020
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 7 - 8 July 2020 415.3 KB
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23.06.2020
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 23 - 24 June 2020 417.4 KB
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09.06.2020
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 9 - 10 June 2020 382.8 KB
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26.05.2020
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 26 May 2020 1.2 MB
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19.05.2020
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 19 May 2020 1.2 MB
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12.05.2020
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 12 May 2020 1.1 MB
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05.05.2020
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 5 May 2020 1.1 MB
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28.04.2020
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 28 April 2020 1.1 MB
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21.04.2020
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 21 April 2020 1.1 MB
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14.04.2020
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 14 April 2020 1.1 MB
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07.04.2020
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 7 April 2020 1.1 MB
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31.03.2020
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 31 March 2020 1.1 MB
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24.03.2020
BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 24 March 2020 878.1 KB
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