Fresh produce safety and COVID-19

An updated report from December 2020 from the New Zealand Food Safety Science and Research Centre on COVID 19 indicates there is currently no evidence of foodborne transmission of COVID-19 and there is negligible risk of spread from food products or packaging. Read the report here.

The ARC Training Centre for Food Safety in the Fresh Produce Industry is regularly producing information for the Australian and New Zealand produce industries on COVID-19. Recent posts include:


  • COVID-19 on surface of fresh produce: Wash your produce with water NOT SOAP. More here
  • Fresh produce safety and COVID-19 positive workers in processing facilities: key points for industry. More here


  • Coronavirus unlikely to be passed on through fresh produce. More here


Additional resources and information

For additional information, visit these following sites:

Australian Department of Health: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

Center for Produce Safety (US): CPS COVID-19 Resources and Information

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ): Novel Coronavirus and Food Safety

Freshcare: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

Food Safety News: China steps up checks on COVID-19

Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Food Industry Resources and FAQs

Hort Innovation: COVID-19 information for horticulture participants

Horticulture New Zealand: COVID-19 update for horticulture

NSW Food Authority: Food Businesses and COVID-19

New Zealand Food Safety Science Research Centre: COVID-19

NZ MPI: Coronavirus and Food Safety on COVID-19

IFPA A-NZ: COVID-19 and Fresh Produce

IFPA A-NZ: Guidelines for the Fresh Produce Industry – COVID-19 and your Workforce

Safe Food Queensland: COVID-19: Advice for Food Businesses

Safe Food Queensland: Guideline for Reducing Workforce Impacts related to COVID-19

Safe Work Australia: Agriculture: Minimising the risk from COVID-19

United Fresh: COVID-19 and the New Zealand Fresh Produce Industry




Industry specific resources and information

APAL: COVID-19 Need to Know

Australian Banana Growers Council: COVID-19 – Important grower information

Australian Macadamia Society: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Industry and Updates for Industry

Australian Mango Industry Association: COVID-19 Resources

Australian Table Grape Association Inc: Fact Sheet and Poster

AUSVEG: Coronavirus Resources

Avocados Australia: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – links & resources

Berries Australia: COVID-19 News Updates & Resources for your business

Citrus Australia: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Growcom: Solutions and Support for Growers to Keep Farming Through the Coronavirus Pandemic

NSW Farmers: Emergency – COVID-19 Information

New Zealand Apples and Pears: Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

New Zealand Avocado: COVID-19 Update

NZKGI: Coronavirus Information

Potatoes New Zealand: Unite against COVID-19

Summerfruit Australia: Media Release – Food Safety and COVID-19

Summerfruit New Zealand: COVID-19 Guidance for Summerfruit Growers

Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association: COVID-19

Victorian Farmers Federation: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

WA Farmers: COVID-19 Information



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