Food Safety during COVID-19

Michelle Mak COVID-19, Daily Life, Newcomer Information, Updates

Currently, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 being spread through food, but you can lower your risk of infection and kill the viruses that cause COVID 19 by following safe food handling and cooking practices!

You can:

  • Use common cleaning and disinfection methods to kill coronaviruses.
  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling food and food packaging.
  • Wash your fruits and vegetables under running water, it isn’t recommended to wash fresh produce with soap, chlorine or other chemicals!
  • Cook your food to recommended safe internal temperatures.
  • Avoid cross-contamination of raw and ready-to-eat or cooked foods.
  • Disinfect any surfaces that will come in contact with food.

Use these tips to keep you safe while grocery shopping and bringing your groceries home.

  • Use hand sanitizers at the entrance of the store, if they are available.
  • Bring your own clean reusable grocery bags (if permitted) or consider using bags provided at retail.
  • Keep your distance from other people while shopping (at least 2 metres).
  • Avoid touching items you are not going to take.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Use hand sanitizers when exiting the store, if they are available.
  • Wash your hands when you get back home.
  • Put away your groceries, especially items requiring refrigeration.
  • Wash your hands after handling food and food packaging.
  • Use proper food handling and cooking practices

If you decide to have food delivered to your home (check out our article on which grocery stores have delivery services here!), use these tips to keep you safe when having food delivered to your home

  • Use contactless payment whenever possible (such as paying in advance online)
  • Ask for contactless delivery if available. Have your food dropped off at the doorstep.
  • Keep your distance from the delivery person (at least 2 meters)
  • Wash your hands after handling the delivery.
  • Put away your groceries, especially items requiring refrigeration.
  • Wash your hands after handling food and food packaging.

 

For more information, please visit https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/food-nutrition/food-safety/covid19.html