Covid infected food

Tyrone Armatage (Account suspended) made this Freedom of Information request to Food Standards Scotland

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Tyrone Armatage (Account suspended)

Dear Food Standards Scotland,

Using lateral flow tests people have now carried out thousands of tests on food products with many actualy testing positive for covid 19.
I decided to try this myself and one product I tested came up positive for covid 19.

Could you please explain how covid 19 has made its way into the food chain and why you have failed to inform the public?

If you believe it isn't in the food chain this must mean the lateral flow tests are faulty and therefore we have been subject to lockdowns and restrictions based on false evidence.

Yours faithfully,

Tyrone Armatage

Food Standards Scotland

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Dear Tyrone

 

Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act
2002 (FOISA).

 

We received your request on 28 June 2021 and will respond in accordance
with FOISA by 26 July 2021.

 

If you have any queries, please contact me.

 

Regards

 

Stuart Keith

Openness & Correspondence Officer

Food Standards Scotland

Pilgrim House, Old Ford Road, Aberdeen, AB11 5RL

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Food Standards Scotland

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Hi Tyrone

 

Please see the attached response.

 

Regards

 

Stuart Keith

Openness & Correspondence Officer

Food Standards Scotland

Pilgrim House, Old Ford Road, Aberdeen, AB11 5RL

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Tyrone Armatage (Account suspended)

Dear Food Standards Scotland,

"There is currently no evidence that food is a source of coronavirus (COVID-19) and it is very
unlikely it can be transmitted through the consumption of food"

This is absolute nonsense.

Being "very unlikely" that the virus cant be transmitted through the consumption if food is no guarantee that it cant happen.

Either Covid 19 IS in the food chain as indicated by foodstuffs testing positive for the virus, or the lateral flow tests aren't fit for purpose. You cant have it both ways, so which is it?

Yours faithfully,

Tyrone Armatage

Food Standards Scotland

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Tyrone

 

Thank for your reply to our earlier correspondence, as mentioned
previously international expert opinion is that there is no evidence food
is a source of COVID-19 transmission. The Food and Agriculture
Organization of the United Nations published [1]updated guidance for
preventing person to person transmission of COVID-19 within food
businesses and stated that ‘Current data indicates that neither food nor
food packaging is a pathway for the spread of viruses causing respiratory
illnesses, including SARS-CoV-2. In other words, SARS-CoV-2 is not a
direct food safety concern.’

 

In both your original correspondence and this follow up email you make
reference to testing food using lateral flow tests.  As noted in our
previous reply, FSS is not aware of any published evidence relating to
food products which have tested positive using lateral flow testing of
food products. Unless you are able to provide us with relevant data sets
and/or references for this we are not in a position to assess your claim.

 

Notwithstanding, if you are referring to the test kits which are available
to the public through the NHS to allow people to test themselves for
COVID-19 infection, then you need to be aware these have been developed
for clinical testing and not testing of food.  The kits provide guidance
on how the tests should be used and specifically advise “not to eat or
drink for at least 30 minutes before doing the test to reduce the risk of
spoiling the test” and states that the kits are only designed for human
use.  Tests can be sensitive to all sorts of factors and if the test is
not used for the purpose and way in which it is intended then it could
lead to an incorrect interpretation of the result. 

 

Regards

 

Stuart Keith

Openness & Correspondence Officer

Food Standards Scotland

Pilgrim House, Old Ford Road, Aberdeen, AB11 5RL

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Tyrone Armatage (Account suspended)

Dear Food Standards Scotland,

You stated "It is important to also note that positive detection via testing does not equate to a transmission risk"
Please provide evidence to support your claim.

Yours faithfully,

Tyrone Armatage

Food Standards Scotland

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Dear Tyrone

 

Our point that positive detection via testing does not equate to a
transmission risk referred to food and food packaging.  Whilst SARS-COV-2
has been detected on surfaces, the evidence below from a range of
international organisations has all concluded that there is a very low
risk of getting COVID-19 from food and packaging.  These are using
accredited and appropriate methods for testing.

 

[1]Qualitative risk assessment on the risk of food or food contact
materials as a transmission route for SARS-CoV-2 | Food Standards Agency

 

[2]Transmission of COVID-19 by food and food packaging
(foodstandards.gov.au)

 

[3]Food and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) | CDC

 

[4]Coronavirus and Food Safety | FAQs | The Food Safety Authority of
Ireland (fsai.ie)

 

[5]Can the new type of coronavirus be transmitted via food and objects? -
Updated BfR FAQ dated 15 February 2021 (bund.de)

 

To reiterate, as COVID-19 is a respiratory virus (further information can
be found on the [6]WHO about coronavirus webpage), it is widely recognised
that contact with contaminated surfaces is not the main way the virus
spreads.  It is not a foodborne disease.  There is no evidence to suggest
people will get infected by swallowing the virus in, or on, food or drink.

 

Additionally, as mentioned in our last correspondence lateral flow tests
have been developed for clinical testing and not testing of food.  Tests
can be sensitive to all sorts of factors and if the test is not used for
the purpose and way in which it is intended then it could lead to an
incorrect interpretation of the result.

 

We consider that we have provided all necessary assistance in this matter
and will only engage further if new questions are raised.

 

Regards

 

Stuart Keith

Openness & Correspondence Officer

Food Standards Scotland

Pilgrim House, Old Ford Road, Aberdeen, AB11 5RL

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Tyrone Armatage (Account suspended)

Dear Food Standards Scotland,
......"it is widely recognised that contact with contaminated surfaces is not the main way the virus spreads"

Why all the sanitization of surfaces then?

Please post a link to the information you base your above claims upon.

Yours faithfully,

Tyrone Armatage

Tyrone Armatage (Account suspended)

Dear Food Standards Scotland,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Food Standards Scotland's handling of my FOI request 'Covid infected food'.

You have completely ignored my request for a link to your evidence.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...

Yours faithfully,

Tyrone Armatage

Food Standards Scotland

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Tyrone

 

Effective cleaning and disinfection of food contact surfaces is a matter
of good hygiene practice. This is an essential component of food safety
management which is based on established, long standing scientific
evidence. Cleaning and disinfection of food surfaces is important in
preventing the cross contamination of foodborne pathogens (such as
Campylobacter and Salmonella) between raw and ready to eat food. It will
also minimise the risk of a person touching a surface which might have
become contaminated with any bacteria or virus (e.g. through another
person’s hands or after they have coughed or sneezed onto the surface) and
then touching their own mouth or nose. Although this is not thought to be
the main way COVID-19 spreads, ensuring effective cleaning and
disinfection is a critical hygiene control which is always recommended in
food handling environments.

 

We consider that we have provided all necessary assistance in this matter
and will only engage further if new questions are raised.

 

Regards

 

Stuart Keith

Openness & Correspondence Officer

Food Standards Scotland

Pilgrim House, Old Ford Road, Aberdeen, AB11 5RL

[1][email address]

[2]www.foodstandards.gov.scot

 

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Tyrone Armatage (Account suspended)

Dear Food Standards Scotland,

The ICO it shall be then

Yours faithfully,

Tyrone Armatage

Food Standards Scotland

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Tyrone

 

Thank you for your email dated 26th October.

 

Your original email dated 26th July was responded to as a Freedom of
Information request. Since your request was not for recorded information,
but to provide an answer to questions you asked relating to COVID-19 in
food, it should have been treated as a business as usual (BAU) enquiry. It
may be helpful to point out that your subsequent requests have been dealt
with as BAU enquiries. 

 

We do believe we have provided you with all the information you have
requested but please let us know if there is something that has not been
answered.

 

With this in mind please could you confirm if you would like us to carry
out an internal review of your original request?

 

Regards

 

Food Standards Scotland

Pilgrim House, Old Ford Road, Aberdeen, AB11 5RL

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Tyrone Armatage (Account suspended)

Dear Food Standards Scotland,

Final chance. Provide me with the evidence I requested in my internal review request or I'll pass this file to the ICO.

Yours faithfully,

Tyrone Armatage

Food Standards Scotland

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Tyrone

 

We have already provided you with links to our evidence in relation to
Covid 19 and the food chain in the email dated 10 September 2021.  I have
included them again for your information. Could you please state exactly
what additional information you are looking for?

 

[1]Qualitative risk assessment on the risk of food or food contact
materials as a transmission route for SARS-CoV-2 | Food Standards Agency

 

[2]Transmission of COVID-19 by food and food packaging
(foodstandards.gov.au)

 

[3]Food and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) | CDC

 

[4]Coronavirus and Food Safety | FAQs | The Food Safety Authority of
Ireland (fsai.ie)

 

[5]Can the new type of coronavirus be transmitted via food and objects? -
Updated BfR FAQ dated 15 February 2021 (bund.de)

 

Effective cleaning and disinfection of food contact surfaces is a matter
of good hygiene practice. This is an essential component of food safety
management which is based on established, long standing scientific
evidence. Cleaning and disinfection of food surfaces is important in
preventing the cross contamination of foodborne pathogens (such as
Campylobacter and Salmonella) between raw and ready to eat food. It will
also minimise the risk of a person touching a surface which might have
become contaminated with any bacteria or virus (e.g. through another
person’s hands or after they have coughed or sneezed onto the surface) and
then touching their own mouth or nose. Although this is not thought to be
the main way COVID-19 spreads, ensuring effective cleaning and
disinfection is a critical hygiene control which is always recommended in
food handling environments.

 

Regards

 

Food Standards Scotland

Pilgrim House, Old Ford Road, Aberdeen, AB11 5RL

[6][email address]

[7]www.foodstandards.gov.scot

 

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