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

Updated BfR FAQ dated 10 September 2020

Changes made to the version dated 29 June 2020:

  • Ascertainments regarding virus receptors and entry paths into the human body.
  • New study (preprint status) on the retention and infectivity on refrigerated and frozen fish, chicken and pork.
  • Section order changed: the question of transmission after contact with certain surfaces and consumer goods has been moved up.
  • Reference to the "Protection against foodborne infections in private households" leaflet for consumers added for further questions.
  • Some 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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Updated BfR FAQ
Can the new type of coronavirus be transmitted via food and objects? 96.0 KB



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BfR Communication No. 027/2020
Meat products and coronavirus: transmission unlikely 107.2 KB


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