There is one worry we can shelf along with our groceries, and that is the worry of contracting COVID-19 from food or food packaging. There is currently no evidence that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is transmitted through food or food packaging. Although it is theoretically possible to pick up the virus by touching a contaminated surface, the risk remains very low if you practice good safety habits and follow all additional recommended safety measures.
So, what should you do?
- Wash your hands after returning from the store, opening a shipment, or returning with a pick-up order
- Discard any bags or external packaging that you can
- Unpack your groceries on a surface you can clean after
- Rinse all fruits and vegetables thoroughly with water
- Wipe down or wash any waterproof containers including jars, cans, plastic tubs, and plastic packages
- Once you put away the groceries, clean the surface, and wash your hands again
- Disinfect doorknobs and other surfaces you may have touched after bringing in your groceries
It is also very important to continue practicing typical food safety measures to avoid contracting a foodborne illness. Now is not the time for a medical emergency!
- Wash your hands before preparing food and again before you eat
- Do not eat raw dough or batter
- Separate raw meat from other foods
- Refrigerate perishables and leftovers in a timely fashion
- Use separate cutting boards for meats and vegetables
- Make sure you cook food to recommended internal temperature
As always, continue to wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, wear a mask or face covering when out in public, disinfect countertops and frequently used devices, and avoid touching your face! By following these simple recommendations, you can live a little more and worry a little less!
For more information, visit Consumer Reports’ website to read, Answers to Common Questions About Coronavirus and the Food You Eat.