January 27, 2021

Refrigerated trucks used as morgues during coronavirus pandemic can transport food again, FDA says

Refrigerated trucks that were used to preserve human remains during the coronavirus pandemic may be used to transport food again after being properly cleaned and sanitized, according to recommendations published by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week.

In areas particularly hard hit by the virus, including New York City, refrigeration trucks have served as temporary morgues. But as social distancing measures have helped curb the spread of the virus, questions have arisen about the future of those trucks once they are no longer needed.

The FDA addressed those questions in non-binding recommendations issued May 12. The document is considered a series of recommendations rather than a legally enforceable order, the FDA says. The guidance notes other agencies may have relevant regulations.

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