Food safety during the COVID-19 pandemic

Corona-update: EU eases some food safety controls because of pandemic

 

Scientists and food safety authorities around the world are closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19. There are currently no reported cases of COVID-19 being spread through food.

If we become aware of a potential food safety risk, we will take appropriate actions to protect the safety of Canada’s food supply.

Safe food practices

You can lower your risk of infection and kill the virus that causes COVID-19 by following safe food handling and cooking practices.

  • 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. If you do not have running water, use one of the approved hand sanitizers.
  • Wash your fruits and vegetables under running water.
    • Washing fresh produce with soap, chlorine or other chemicals is not recommended. Fresh produce is porous and can absorb chemicals that are not intended for you to eat.
  • Cook your food to recommended safe internal temperatures. Coronaviruses are killed by normal cooking temperatures.
  • Avoid cross-contamination of raw and ready-to-eat or cooked foods.
  • Disinfect any surfaces that will come in contact with food.

Safe shopping: when you are out and when you get back

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 arms lengths, approximately 2 metres).
  • Wear a non-medical mask or face covering while out in public, particularly in crowded settings, when it’s not possible to consistently maintain a 2-metre physical distance from others.
  • 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

Safe home food delivery and online food shopping

Use these tips to keep you safe when having food delivered to your home.

  • Use contactless payment whenever possible:
    • key fob
    • pay online
    • tap and go
    • mobile payments
  • Ask for contactless delivery if available. Have your food dropped off at the doorstep.
  • Keep your distance from the delivery person (at least 2 arms lengths, approximately 2 metres).
  • Wash your hands after handling the delivery.
  • Put away your groceries, especially items requiring refrigeration.
  • Wash your hands after handling food and food packaging.
  • Use proper food handling practices.

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