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Quick Fact Check: Fake Post Attributed to WHO Resurfaces; World Health Organization didn’t Warn Against Consuming Bakery Products

  • By Vishvas News
  • Updated: June 22, 2020

New Delhi (Vishvas News): Fake news is on the rise with increasing cases of coronavirus in India. A viral post that Vishvas News debunked earlier has resurfaced on social media. The post claims that one should stop eating bakery products as they are not washable and can get infected by the virus easily. The post is attributed to World Health Organization (WHO). When Vishvas News investigated, we found that WHO didn’t issue any such notification. The viral post is fake.

Claim

The viral post reads: Stop eating bakery items! It is strictly advised to not eat bakery items as it is not washable and get infected to the virus easily. The post also has a logo of WHO and a photo of some bakery products. The post can be checked by clicking here.

Investigation

In the ‘Advice for Public‘ page of World Health Organization, certain preventive measures have been recommended against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). These include; washing hands frequently, maintaining social distancing, avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth, and seeking medical care early in case you experience COVID-19 symptoms.

As per United States Food and Drug Administrator (FDA) , “currently there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with the transmission of COVID-19.”

Vishvas News spoke to the representative of World Health Organization (WHO) in India. She said that this viral post is not issued by World Health Organization (WHO).

The complete fact check can be read here.

A tweet on the official Twitter handle of WHO Sri Lanka states that WHO has not advised against eating bakery items.

The post is shared on Facebook by a user named John Joseph. We scanned the profile of the user and found that the user is based out of Lahore, Pakistan.

Conclusion

World Health Organization (WHO) did not issue a notification against the consumption of bakery products. The viral post is fake and has resurfaced on social media.

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  • Claim Review : World Health Organization Warned Against Consuming Bakery Products
  • Claimed By : FB user: John Joseph
  • Fact Check : False
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