The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has confirmed that a letter sent to supermarkets in Germany containing information on the survival of coronavirus on surfaces is fake.

The EFSA’s logo and the logo of the German food safety authority were printed on the letter which was sent to supermarkets in Bremen.

Germany’s Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) said the letter made reference to an unspecified US study in the survival of COVID-19 on surfaces and made recommendations to shop staff on how to deal with the virus.

The EFSA has advised people to only take coronavirus information from official sources like the World Health Organisation and the European Centre for Disease Control.

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