Food & Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Coronaviruses, like the one that causes COVID-19, are thought to spread mostly person-to-person through respiratory droplets when someone coughs, sneezes, or talks. It is possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object, including food or food packaging, that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. However, this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.Currently, there is no evidence to suggest that handling food or consuming food is associated with COVID-19.
After shopping, handling food packages, or before preparing or eating food, it is important to always wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, cover all surfaces of your hands, and rub them together until they feel dry.
Remember, it is also always important to follow good food safety practices to reduce the risk of illness from common foodborne pathogens.
For more information, visit the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) "Food and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)" page at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/food-and-COVID-19.html