Follow Grocery Shopping Best Practices during COVID-19

AMES, Iowa – Best practices while grocery shopping during the COVID-19 pandemic is a hot topic in the media, note food safety and nutrition and wellness specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Angela Shaw, Anirudh Naig and Shannon Coleman want Iowans to know some key considerations to safely shop for groceries and stay well.
Shaw is a food safety state specialist and associate professor in the ISU Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. Naig is a food safety state specialist and associate professor in the ISU Department of Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management. Coleman is an assistant professor and nutrition and wellness state specialist in the ISU Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. The specialists answer the following questions.

Can I get sick with COVID-19 from touching food or food packaging if the coronavirus was present on it?

  • According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, currently, there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with the transmission of COVID-19.
  • Like other viruses, the COVID-19 virus seeks a living host, preferring humans, to survive and thus COVID-19 does not survive long periods of time (more than a day) on surfaces or objects such as door handles and stainless-steel tables

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