The Indian government pointed to a message from the World Health Organization’ South East Asia office, which said there is no scientific evidence eating a hygienically-made ice cream or frozen food spreads the virus.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to grow in India, and the government and various health bodies are having to address not only false claims about how the virus spreads, but also fake cures. One such myth that has grown is that sesame oil can cure the disease. Others the WHO has moved quickly to debunk include eating mango, durian, curry, or turmeric, exposure to sunlight, bathing in seawater or drinking lots of water every 15 minutes.
The IICMA has appealed to consumers to examine claims to see if any factual or official reports support them.
The organization is urging consumers to not give up ice cream due to the misinformation, and that it can be enjoyed during the country’s lockdown.
The IICMA was established in 2011 as the national association of ice cream manufacturers. It is a professional non-profit organization representing the ice cream and frozen desserts industry in India.