According to media reports, the Chinese government this week announced that a sample of frozen chicken wings imported from Brazil tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen.

In response to the alleged reports, the National Chicken Council reaffirmed the safety of chicken and chicken products and noted multiple U.S. government and global public health agencies have stated that coronavirus is not transmitted by food or food packaging.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC), Food & Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Agriculture and the World Health Organization (WHO) there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food and there are no reports at this time of any human illnesses that suggest COVID-19 can be transmitted by food or food packaging:

It is always important to follow good hygiene practices (i.e., wash hands and surfaces often, separate raw meat from other foods, cook to the right temperature, and refrigerate foods promptly) when handling or preparing foods.