Now that we're in the second month of the worldwide Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we have seen daily reminders on the local and international news on how everyone's lives have drastically changed. Now that the USA is the unfortunate world leader in cases, a question going through everyone's mind is, Is The U.S Food Supply Safe, and Plentiful?
According to the Food and Drug Administration:
"Currently there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with transmission of COVID-19.
Unlike foodborne gastrointestinal (GI) viruses like norovirus and hepatitis A that often make people ill through contaminated food, SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, is a virus that causes respiratory illness. Foodborne exposure to this virus is not known to be a route of transmission.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. This includes between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet), and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. However, it’s always critical to follow the 4 key steps of food safety—clean, separate, cook, and chill – to prevent foodborne illness."
Regarding the amounts of food Nationally, the FDA had this to say:
"There are no nationwide shortages of food, although in some cases the inventory of certain foods at your grocery store might be temporarily low before stores can restock. Food production and manufacturing are widely dispersed throughout the United States and no widespread disruptions have been reported in the supply chain.
FDA is closely monitoring the food supply chain for any shortages in collaboration with industry and our federal and state partners. We are in regular contact with food manufacturers and grocery stores."
So, although it's possible that your food could be contaminated, it's a longshot. And though there are no supply shortages on a National level, stocks will ebb and flow according to demand (which seems to be out of the panic stage for now). We have seen how panic buying of people ordered to not report to work and stay home can create havoc and distress.
How Can We Insure Our Own Supply of Food?
Your best bet is high quality, USA made, flavorful food, made for long and short term storage in times like this. Wise Food Storage is made with these disasters in mind - to ensure for you and your family, a wide range of flavorful and healthy foods that will ease your mind and eliminate panic - which we all feel when seeing the empty shelves at markets on the local news. Buy Wise - and diminish the panic from this pandemic for you and your family.