The coronavirus does not affect seafood safety

Published 24.03.2020     Modified 17.06.2020

There are no known cases of infection via contaminated food, imported food or water. Therefore, fish and seafood products from Norway are safe to eat.

The SARS-CoV-2 virus that leads to COVID-19 disease is spread primarily via droplet transmission, when the virus is transmitted from the respiratory tract of an infected person to a healthy person.

The virus can be transmitted by indirect contact when the virus is transmitted onto objects or surfaces (e.g. door handles, keyboards, telephones etc) by sneezing or coughing, or by sick persons having the virus on their hands.

Currently, there are no known cases of infection via contaminated food, imported food or water. Based on current knowledge of coronaviruses, infection via food and water is considered unlikely, according to the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

Therefore, fish and seafood products from Norway are safe to eat.

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority reminds everyone that it is a basic requirement that people handling food must be healthy and recommends that all food businesses operators follow the general hygiene advice in their production.

Together with the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and the Norwegian Veterinary Institute, the Norwegian Food Safety Authority carefully monitors and evaluates all new knowledge about the outbreak of coronavirus.

See also: Norwegian Food Safety Authority: Statement regarding Covid-19 (June 2020)

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