Export Restrictions are Inconsistent with Science, USDA and FDA Say

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Food export restrictions tied to COVID-19 are not consistent with known science of transmission, emphasized U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn in a joint statement Wednesday. 

"There is no evidence that people can contract COVID-19 from food or from food packaging. The U.S. food safety system, overseen by our agencies, is the global leader in ensuring the safety of our food products, including product for export,” the statement said.

The statement comes after China's customs authority reportedly suspended imports of poultry products from a plant owned by Tyson Inc. that has been hit COVID-19, Reuters reported.

On Tuesday, Tyson signed certification requested by China saying that meat shipments are free of the novel coronavirus, Reuters reported.

"The United States understands the concerns of consumers here domestically and around the world who want to know that producers, processors and regulators are taking every necessary precaution to prioritize food safety especially during these challenging times. However, efforts by some countries to restrict global food exports related to COVID-19 transmission are not consistent with the known science of transmission," the statement said.

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