Information about Sweden’s food security in light of the COVID-19 virus

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On Thursday, Minister for Rural Affairs Jennie Nilsson called a meeting for the food industry to gain a picture of stakeholders’ preparedness in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. Trade organisations, food companies and trade union representatives for the food industry took part in the meeting.

The Government takes the COVID-19 outbreak very seriously. Food security is vital to society and a priority issue, and it is important to have a common view of the situation.

The common view of industry and food companies that took part in yesterday’s meeting was that there is no lack of food security.

Stakeholders requested clear guidelines on how companies in the food industry should act and, when necessary, decontaminate in the event of an identified infection.

The Government will continue to have a close dialogue with responsible authorities and representatives of the food industry to discuss any situations that may arise and how best to resolve them.

  • Sweden has good food security and the current COVID-19 outbreak has not impacted Swedish food production to any great extent.
  • There is no reason for private individuals to stockpile food because of the COVID-19 outbreak. However, people should, as always, be prepared with dry goods and tinned food on hand in accordance with the recommendations of the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency and the National Food Agency.
  • The Government is continuing its dialogue with relevant actors to ensure that food security continues to function and ensure preparedness to deal with various situations in the best possible way.
  • The responsible authorities are working intensively to contain the spread of the virus in Sweden. It is now important to monitor developments and the decisions and recommendations provided by responsible authorities.
  • The COVID-19 virus is spread between people. The Public Health Agency of Sweden is coordinating communicable disease control at national level and providing planning support at regional and local level, where the operational work is being carried out. Each region has a communicable diseases officer. If you, as an individual or as an entrepreneur, have questions concerning communicable disease control, you can find up-to-date information on the Public Health Agency of Sweden’s website and the regions’ websites.
  • The National Food Administration states on its website that there is currently nothing to indicate that the virus is spread by eating food or drinking water. Knowledge from previous outbreaks of similar coronaviruses also indicates that this type of virus spreads via people who are infected and not via surfaces such as food and food packaging.
  • In the longer term, the Government is working on a policy bill for Sweden’s total defence, which includes food security in the event of heightened alert or war.