Can you clean Coronavirus from food?

Food Safety and Coronavirus


• Evidence suggests there’s little reason to be concerned about coronavirus on your food. There are no known cases of food or food packaging transmission of COVID-19

• Conventionally accepted food safety guidelines should be followed. Cook your food well. Takeout can be reheated if you’re concerned about contamination. Fresh produce should be washed under running water

• Do not use hand soap, dish soap or bleach to clean your produce

• Raw food is also unlikely to cause COVID-19, even if it’s contaminated by a cough or sneeze. The reason for this is because respiratory viruses such as SARS-CoV-2 reproduce in your respiratory tract, not your digestive tract, which is where your food goes

• A sensible way to minimize any risk associated with contaminated food packages, however potentially small, would be to transfer the food to a clean container and wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds after discarding the original container