By Joyce McGarry and Wade Syers, Michigan State University Extension
Grocery shopping practices have been in the news. There are simple steps you can take to limit your exposure to germs and pathogens when purchasing food in-store or for home delivery.
Safety tips for buying groceries in-store
Keep your distance:
Safety tips when receiving home delivered food or pre-order pick up
Safety tips for handling food at home after shopping
Hand and home hygiene:
For pre-packaged produce items, sanitize packaging before storage.
Wash all fresh fruits and vegetables several times with running water and dry with paper towel. If you are placing produce in your kitchen sink, be sure to sanitize your sink first!
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) does not recommend using any types of non-food soaps or detergents, including hand soap or dish soap. (See Food Facts from the FDA for more information.)
Scrub produce with firm skins with a produce brush.
While it is possible that the virus that causes COVID-19, the infectious disease caused by novel coronavirus, can survive on cardboard, plastic and metal, the most current FDA research shows food and food packaging is not likely to transmit COVID-19. Following good personal hygiene, washing hands and surfaces often, separating raw meat from other foods, cooking foods to the correct temperatures and refrigerating prepared foods quickly can keep you and your family healthy.
If you have questions related to food handling, preparing and storage, you can browse the Michigan State University Extension website, Ask an Expert or call the MSU Extension Consumer Food Safety Hotline at 877-643-9882.