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FRAMINGHAM – The City of Framingham offers advice on take-out and food delivery during the coronavirus outbreak, today, Easter Sunday.
“Unlike foodborne gastrointestinal viruses, like Norovirus and Hepatitis A, that often make people ill through contaminated food, COVID-19 is a virus that causes respiratory illness,” said the press release.
“Foodborne exposure to this virus is not known to be a route of transmission,” said the City.
“There is currently no evidence to support the transmission of COVID-19 associated with food or food packaging,” said the City in the release.
“Additionally, facilities are required to control any risks that might be associated with workers who are ill regardless of the type of virus or bacteria,” said the City.
“According to the FDA, we do not anticipate that food products would need to be recalled or be withdrawn from the market because of COVID-19 since there is no evidence to support the transmission to be associated with food,” stated the press release.
“The key to reducing COVID-19 exposure is minimizing person-to-person contact by maintaining social distancing,” said the City in the press release.
The Framingham Health Department developed a guide to help ensure that people have safe experiences with take-out food and food delivery.
Stock photo taken before the COVID-19 Pandemic