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COVID-19 and food safety

Key points:

  • The World Health Organization advises that there is currently no evidence that people can catch COVID-19 from food or food packaging. 
  • Maintaining good hygiene practices and food safety basics are recommended.
  • Stay home if you are sick, don't attend the workplace and get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Businesses need to follow relevant government requirements in Australian and New Zealand.

Food production and supply is considered an essential service in Australia and in New Zealand. We are working with the Department of Health, the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, state and territory health authorities, and international counterparts to ensure the most up to date information is available on our website for consumers, those working in the food industry, and charities, groups and volunteers donating food.

For news on COVID-19 see the Australian Government Department of Health website.

If you are in New Zealand, see the Ministry of Health for the latest news and the Ministry for Primary Industries for food safety advice.

Page last updated 11 December 2023