News Local No risk of contracting virus through food, says MoH health inspector

No risk of contracting virus through food, says MoH health inspector

There is no risk of transmission of Covid-19 through food, deputy head of the Health Ministry’s health inspection arm Herodotos Herodotou told CNA after being called to address 12 cases found at Zorbas’ production facilities in Aradippou.

Herodotou said that according to the World Health Organisation, the European Food Safety Authority and other competent European bodies, “scientific data so far indicate that the virus cannot be transmitted through food” and that “during digestion, the virus’ protein is destroyed”.

There is no evidence, he said, that people have been infected with Covid-19 through infected food or through contact with infected objects, but “general hygiene rules should be strictly adhered to daily, like frequently washing hands with soap, and hygiene rules when handling the food.”

In an announcement earlier today following press releases by Zorbas as well as Alpha Mega Hypermarkets that found cases at its Engomi branch, the Health Ministry assured that its health inspectors checked two businesses with employees who had tested positive for coronavirus and both had complied with instructions as stipulated by the decree.

Announcement by Alphamega about Covid-19 cases

Meanwhile, the Pancyprian Supermarkets Association issued an announcement reassuring that all health and safety measures are being taken by Cyprus supermarkets in collaboration with government authorities for the safety of consumers and staff, but pleaded anew that consumers abide by the following measures:

  • Where home delivery or pick-up is possible either by electronic or telephone order, please do so
  • Maintain a 2 metre physical distance in supermarkets
  • Do the family shopping alone
  • Shop consciously
  • Do not but more products than you need so that there is enough for everyone
  • Be prepared in advance for what you want to buy. Do brief visits to branches to prevent crowding and minimise the time of your presence at the supermarket
  • Strictly abide by hygiene rules to protect yourselves as well as staff

MoH: Companies with Covid-19 cases complied with decree

Top Stories

New measures announced by Health Minister due to increase in number of COVID-19 cases

In view of the rapid increase in the number of COVID-19 incidents observed over the last 14 days in Cyprus but also the diaspora...

Hospitals not ready to deal with second wave of pandemic

Hospitals and clinics are not ready to deal with the second wave of the pandemic due to the fact that they are understaffed, President...

Expert says three-digit numbers of COVID-19 cases to continue

The view that we will continue with three-digit figures of confirmed COVID-19 cases expressed Constantinos Tsioutis, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at the European...

DIKO: Dissolution of Parliament way out for government/DISY

In a statement DIKO President Nicolas Papadopoulos said DIKO does not understand how some people request the dissolution of the Parliament without setting as...

Golden Dawn leadership to be taken to jail

All of the leadership team of Golden Dawn, which has been ruled a criminal organisation, will go straight to jail as their sentences will...

Taste

Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...

Mezedes

No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...