If you are concerned over how you or your food initiative should respond to coronavirus then the best source of information for the public is NHS Inform, with Health Protection Scotland providing the latest advice for professional staff. Information should also be sought from local official sources.
Many of you will be trusted sources of information yourselves for many vulnerable groups and it is important you keep as up to date as possible with the latest official advice.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has confirmed that there is currently no evidence that food is a likely source, or route of transmission, of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). It says that previous outbreaks of similar viruses showed that transmission through food consumption did not occur.
Nonetheless, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued precautionary recommendations for food safety, including advice on following good hygiene practices during food handling and preparation.
This is a rapidly changing situation so please keep up to date with the official sources of information and advice on a regular basis.