The vegetables you’ve been eating are all safe to eat now, but there is a new danger to eat them now: the Zika virus.
The World Health Organization has warned people against consuming nightshades and vegetables grown in Australia and New Zealand because of the virus, which has been linked to microcephaly and other birth defects in the Americas.
The organisation has advised people to avoid eating the vegetables in any country where there is ongoing transmission, including Australia and the Americas, unless they are grown in countries that are currently under quarantine.
A spokesman for the Australian Department of Health told the ABC there had been no confirmed cases of microcepaly in people in Australia, but the country had been placed under quarantine since last week.
“The Australian Food Standards Agency has confirmed that the vegetables you are likely to be eating today are safe to consume,” the spokesman said.
“These include nightshade and vegetables that are grown or produced in Australia.”
The Australian Department said that in addition to the warning, it was encouraging Australians to use “reasonable measures to minimise risk to health”.
“We have also identified other ways to minimised risk to the health of our community, such as using food storage, washing hands, washing clothes and eating from prepared meals,” the spokesperson said.
In the US, President Donald Trump has said there is no way to guarantee food would not be contaminated, but that the country would be monitoring food imports from countries where the virus is circulating.
“I know we’re going to have food from a lot of places, but we’re also going to be watching for things that come in that have the potential to be contaminated,” Mr Trump said on Friday.