There is no evidence that food is a likely source or route of transmission of coronavirus, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said.

EFSA chief scientist Marta Hugas said: “Experiences from previous outbreaks of related coronaviruses, such as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), show that transmission through food consumption did not occur. At the moment, there is no evidence to suggest that coronavirus is any different in this respect.”