The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) earlier this week said that there is no evidence that Covid-19 coronavirus can be spread through either food or food packaging.

The FDA assured consumers that there is no need to wash packaging but to make sure that a face mask is being worn when going to food stores. Re-usuable shopping bags should be cleaned before each use.

A statement released by the FDA said: “This particular coronavirus causes respiratory illness and is spread from person-to-person, unlike foodborne gastrointestinal or GI viruses, such as norovirus and hepatitis A, that often make people ill through contaminated food.”