Currently, there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be transmitted by food or food packaging.
However, it is always important to follow good hygiene practices when handling or preparing foods. You should always wash your hands and surfaces often, separate raw meat from other foods, cook to the right temperature and put food in the fridge as soon as you can.
Food shopping advice
- Avoid going shopping if you have coronavirus symptoms. You can order your groceries online or have some family or friends drop them off instead.
- When you go food shopping, you should wash your hands before you leave the house, wear a protective mask, avoid touching your face when you’re out and follow social distancing at all times.
- Try to wipe frequently touched surfaces like grocery carts or basket handles with disinfectant wipes, if available.
- Sanitize your hands with an alcohol based rub after handling money, or better yet, practice touchless payment.
- When you come home, you should wash your hands straight away. Wash them again once you have unpacked and put away your shopping.
- If you can, try to sanitize the outside of food packaging. There is some evidence that the virus can survive on hard surfaces, this is a new virus strain and little is known about coronavirus transmission on hard surfaces. No known cases have been reported regarding this type of transmission but it is better to be safe.
- If you are sanitising surfaces or shopping bags, follow the manufacturer’s instructions about how much time is needed before wiping the sanitiser off. A homemade disinfectant spray of one part bleach to 10 parts water can also be used.
- Gloves can give a false sense of security. They would need to be changed very frequently to be effective. It’s better to wash your hands often and avoid touching your face.
While unpacking your groceries
First, wash your hands as soon as you get inside your house. Then start unpacking the food.
Fortunately, there’s little evidence that the coronavirus stays active on food packaging for more than 24 hours, as the CDC website points out.
It is believed that the virus on the surface of groceries will become inactivated over time after groceries are put away. It’s also highly unlikely that the inner contents of any sealed containers are contaminated.
But precautions should still be taken.
If using a disposable grocery bag, discard it once you are home, Reusable bags can be washed and stored for later use.. After unpacking your groceries, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Wipe surfaces with household disinfectants registered with the Environmental Protection Agency(EPA).
CDC does not recommend disinfecting the packaging on food products before putting them away. But if you consume food soon after unpacking your groceries, be sure to practice good hand hygiene before eating.
As for fresh fruits and vegetables, no special care is needed. Just wash and clean them before preparing and eating them as you would at any other time.
After you put away all your groceries , make sure to wipe down all surfaces and counters with disinfectant and wash your hands again.
This would probably be our new normal routine when we go out to buy our groceries and it may take more time than usual but nothing should be taken for granted when it comes to the safety of our family and our home.
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