The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has published an FAQ on COVID 19 for food businesses on its website.
The FAQ stresses that no reported cases of COVID 19 have been linked to contamination of food – the main risk of transmission is from close contact with infected people. The advice to food businesses and consumers is to maintain good hygiene practices and to wash your hands regularly.
The FAQ provides advice on what food workers can do to prevent the spread and what extra measures food businesses can take to also prevent the spread, such as social distancing and ensuring staff of aware of the situation and the advice being given by the HSE. It also provides guidance on how to operate a restaurant as a take away and how to manage the transport and delivery of food to ensure food safety and hygiene at all times.
“Our FAQ is regularly being updated in response to the queries we’re getting from food businesses. We would encourage any food businesses to familiarise themselves with our FAQ. We also operate an Advice Line for food businesses and we can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org with any food safety queries a food business may have. We’re here to help and we welcome all queries,” said Ms Edel Smyth, Information Manager, Food Safety Authority of Ireland.