To Licensees/Operators of food premises:

In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Prevention and Control of Disease (Requirements and Directions) (Business and Premises) Regulation has taken effect since 6:00 p.m. on 28 March 2020. For detailed instructions of the Regulation, please visit here.

The following are resources available to food industry members and consumers on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and food safety. For more information on COVID-19, clarifications and updates on the pandemic, please visit www.coronavirus.gov.hk.

Advice to Consumers

According to the current scientific knowledge, there is no evidence indicating that human can be infected by COVID-19 via food. Food safety assessment authorities in overseas countries including the European Union, Australia and New Zealand considered that it is unlikely that COVID-19 can be transmitted to human via food. Nevertheless, according to the recommendations from the World Health Organization, the Centre for Food Safety reminds the public to pay attention to the followings:

Click here for other food safety advices and frequently asked questioned related to COVID-19.

Advice to Food Premises

Further, to minimise the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in food premises, operators of food premises are advised to maintain high standards of hygiene and cleanliness. The Centre for Food Safety recommends the followings:

Physical Distancing

Environmental Hygiene

Personal Hygiene

Food Hygiene

Regarding cleaning and disinfection of environment when a suspected/confirmed case of COVID-19 is encountered, please refer to the guideline issued by the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health.



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