There’s no need for a recall of products due to a coronavirus outbreak at the National Frozen Foods facility in Albany, according to the state of Oregon.
The public shouldn’t worry about contracting COVID-19 through food or food packaging from plant closures in the United States and Oregon, states a news release from the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Agriculture.
The news release adds that there was no evidence that human or animal food – or food packaging – is associated with the transmission of COVID-19.
“Food products do not need to be withdrawn or recalled from the market if someone on the farm or processing plant tests positive,” the news release states.
As of Tuesday, 18 people linked to the National Frozen Foods Albany plant have tested positive for the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. The plant temporarily shut down production due to the outbreak.
Dr. Paul Cieslak, senior health adviser for the OHA’s COVID-19 response, said that people should get in the habit of washing their hands often including before and after preparing meals, before eating and after they’ve come home if they have been out.
A news release from the Linn County Department of Public Health Services adds that the Oregon Health Authority recommends washing hands or using hand sanitizer after handling food packaging.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are not aware of any reports that suggest COVID-19 can be transmitted by food or food packaging, according to the Linn County news release.
National Frozen Foods opened its Albany plant in 1982. The facility, at 745 30th Ave. S.W., sits on about 20 acres off Pacific Boulevard.
The plant puts out millions of pounds of frozen produce each year. During a good day in the summer, the facility can churn out a million pounds of beans alone, according to a 2012 article.
National Frozen Foods' Albany plant processes beans, cut corn, squash, vegetable purees and cream-style corn, according to the company’s website.
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