Added by Elizabeth Demmings • Last updated November 2, 2022
Food science extension teams at Cornell University have created a monkeypox factsheet with information and resources for the food industry.
The take-home messages include:
The monkeypox strain causing the current outbreak is much less deadly than COVID-19 (the US had > 10,000 monkey pox cases to date [August 2022] with none of them resulting in deaths) and is much less transmissible than COVID-19.
While there is a theoretical possibility of transmission through foods and food packaging, basic practices mandatory for all food processing facilities (known as “Good Manufacturing Practices”) will effectively control the small risk of food-associated transmission.
Food companies should provide basic training on monkeypox (for example, how to identify an infection) and reinforce GMPs.