December 11, 2020 By danny.carvalho@ymail.com Off

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

There is currently no evidence to suggest that food is a likely source or route of transmission of the virus. There are currently no reported cases suggesting that COVID-19 can be transmitted by food or food packaging. Coronaviruses need a host to grow in and cannot grow in food. People are unlikely to be infected with the virus through food.

Although food is not a host of the virus, it is possible that infected food workers or consumers could introduce the virus to food or food packaging, by coughing and sneezing, or through hand contact.

It is not certain exactly how long the virus that causes COVID-19 survives on surfaces, but studies suggest that coronaviruses may last on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. This may vary under different conditions such type of surface, temperature or humidity of the environment. From previous analysis, coronaviruses tend not to survive long on objects such as paper or cardboard.

If you think a surface may be infected, clean and disinfect it to kill the virus and protect yourself and others. After receiving a delivery or bringing home takeout food wash your hands with soap and water or use a minimum 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose.

It is always important that consumers follow good hygiene and safe food handling practices when preparing foods. As always, consumers should wash or scrub fruits and vegetables under running water before eating them. Thorough cooking to safe internal temperatures is expected to kill coronaviruses.

For more information on Food Safety, check out these links:

General Food Safety

Food Safety for Food Banks and Community Kitchens

Food Safety Information for Food Donors

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

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