COVID-19 and Food Safety

Presently, we are not aware of any evidence that suggests that the COVID-19 virus can be transmitted to humans via food or food packaging and equipment. This is in line with the current state of knowledge across scientific communities and public health authorities worldwide. SFA will continue to monitor developments closely and promptly take any necessary actions to safeguard food safety in Singapore.

The environment that we interact with can be easily contaminated with the COVID-19 virus. In general, contact with food or food packaging and equipment is no different from contact with other non-food packaging and the environment (e.g. common touch surfaces such as lift buttons, door knobs, etc). As such, SFA continues to emphasise the importance of good public and personal hygiene practices to uphold a high level of public health standards in Singapore. These include:
  • Seeking medical attention promptly and staying home if unwell;
  • Washing hands with soap and water regularly, including before eating and after going to the toilet;
  • Cooking food thoroughly before eating;
  • Avoid touching your face with your hands;
  • Covering mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing/sneezing, and throwing the tissue away into a bin immediately;  
  • Not engaging in any food handling/preparation if unwell; and
  • Not sharing food/drinks with others.