Safety of food during COVID-19

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LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — With growing COVID-19 cases across the commonwealth, specific concerns are also mounting; how safe is our food?

Cargill, a meat processing plant in Hazle Township, voluntarily shut down operations but more than 150 employees have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Company officials made the move to shut down in an effort to slow the spread of the virus and to sanitize the facility. Eyewitness News has since learned 164 workers tested positive for the coronavirus at the plant, raising concerns over whether their meat product was safe even after being frozen.

Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine and officials from the Department of Agriculture say there’s research to support that food has not proven to be a carrier of the virus and thus, Pennsylvania’s food supply is safe.

“There’s no evidence that coronavirus could survive that freezing process and I have regular conversations with Secretary Reading and the Department of Agriculture. We have confidence in our food industry,” Dr. Levine said.

Department of Agriculture officials continue to stress food products have not been found to be a carrier of the virus.

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