Food hygiene tips during coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak
While at present there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with the transmission of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), it may be possible that people can become infected by touching a surface or object contaminated by the virus and then touching their face. The higher risk though, comes from being in close contact with other people while food shopping or receiving a food delivery. As always, good hygiene is important when handling food to prevent any food-borne illnesses.
Remove any unnecessary packaging and dispose into a waste bin with a lid. Packaging like cans can be wiped clean with a disinfectant before being opened or stored. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand rub, immediately afterwards.
Wash unpackaged produce, such as fruit and vegetables, thoroughly under running water.
General food hygiene tips
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before preparing any food.
- User separate chopping boards to prepare uncooked meat and fish.
- Cook food to the recommended temperature.
- Where possible, keep perishable items refrigerated or frozen, and pay attention to product expiry dates.
- Aim to recycle or dispose of food waste and packaging in an appropriate and sanitary manner, avoiding build-up of refuse which could attract pests.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before eating and make sure your children do the same.
- Always use clean utensils and plates.