The US Agriculture Department said on Thursday it had no plans to suspend production of US crops in response to the outbreak of the coronavirus.
The move came after a panel of experts from the US Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Geological Survey released a report saying the virus poses no health risks to Americans.
However, the report also warned that if wheat production were to halt, it could lead to a spike in other crops.
The report warned that wheat production could be suspended if the US continues to see a spike of coronaviruses, especially in areas with a history of outbreaks.
“We have to be cautious about what we’re doing, but it’s important that we keep an eye on the wheat production and keep our fingers crossed,” said Dr. Peter Fuhrman, a professor of infectious disease at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
The CDC has said that the first coronaviral cases in the United States are occurring in people who have traveled to countries with the highest rates of coronovirus infections.
The outbreak in the U and Canada is the largest to be linked to US wheat exports.US wheat is the world’s second largest agricultural export market, after China.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has said the outbreak could result in an additional 1.6 million cases of coronas and 800,000 deaths, with the death toll likely to reach nearly 1 million by the end of next week.
More than 10 million people are infected with coronavales, mostly in the Americas.