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CDC Food Safety from Coronavirus

CDC Food Safety from Coronavirus

Currently there is no evidence to support that handling food or consuming food leads to testing positive for Coronavirus. However, the CDC has recommendations when dealing with your food whether that’s takeout, grocery shopping, dealing with raw meat, and more. 

Coronavirus is spread mostly through person-to-person respiratory droplets like when coughing, sneezing, or talking. It is possible that this virus can be spread by touching objects like food or food packaging. Before eating or touching any of your food products, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

The risk of getting Coronavirus when handling food, treated drinking water, or food packaging is very low. This includes the food you cook, food from restaurants, food products, food bags, food packaging, and shopping bags.

When handling food items, the CDC has many tips on food safety. Here are just a few from their website...

1. Regularly clean and disinfect kitchen counter tops.

2. Use this DIY disinfecting solution - 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) unscented liquid chlorine bleach to 1 gallon of water or 4 teaspoons of bleach per quart of water. Leave solution on the surface for at least 1 minute. Before preparing food on the kitchen counter, rinse disinfected surface with water.

3. When unpacking groceries, refrigerate or freeze meat, poultry, eggs, seafood, and other perishables within 2 hours of purchasing.

4. If reusable cloth bags become soiled, follow instructions for washing them, and dry them on the warmest appropriate setting.

5. Do NOT wash produce with soap, bleach, sanitizer, alcohol, disinfectant or any other chemical.

6. Salt, pepper, vinegar, lemon juice, and lime juice have not been shown to be effective at removing germs on produce.

7. Once you arrive home, meat, poultry and seafood items should either be prepared immediately or put in the refrigerator or freezer for safe storage.

For more information on how to practice food safety in your home, visit the CDC’s Food and Coronavirus Disease page.

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