COVID-19 is a food safety issue

A U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety Inspection Service veterinarian collects beef carcass samples for microbiological testing. Photo courtesy USDA.

By Ashton Merck

We need to start talking about COVID-19 as a food safety issue. No, this isn’t about how you should handle those takeout containers, or whether you should wipe down your packages of beef and poultry at the supermarket. As medical and public health professionals have stated repeatedly, COVID-19 is highly contagious through close physical proximity, but it cannot be transmitted through…




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