Any discussion of outbreaks in 2020 must be dominated by the coronavirus pandemic, even though it is not considered a foodborne outbreak. There is no solid evidence that the virus can be transmitted by foods or food packaging.
Experts say COVID-19 has roots in a live animal meat market in China. It was soon determined that it is transmitted person-to-person via microscopic droplets released when people speak, sing, cough and sneeze. Foodborne illnesses are rarely transmitted person-to-person.
Foodborne illnesses and injuries can be caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites, extraneous materials and intentional tampering, with no foods or beverages being immune to possible contamination.
Unfortunately, because of federal protections for corporate information and a snarl of red tape and businesses’ record keeping, the sources of foodborne outbreaks are sometimes impossible to determine, according to the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC was able … Read more