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UPDATED. Three Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists recommend one simple and important method for combating COVID-19: Properly wash your hands. (Audio PSA available.)
Over the past month, false information about COVID-19 and food and food packaging has been reported. Food safety and nutrition and wellness specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach want Iowans to know there is no evidence that COVID-19 is transmitted through food and food packaging.
The National Restaurant Association is offering free Food Handler and COVID-19 training online and for download throughout April. The training is intended for delivery and carry-out operations, but everyone will find the information useful, says Anirudh Naig, a food safety state extension specialist and associate professor in apparel, events and hospitality management at Iowa State University.
Best practices while grocery shopping during the COVID-19 pandemic is a hot topic in the media. Food safety and nutrition and wellness specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach want Iowans to know some key considerations to safely shop for groceries and stay well.
Food safety and nutrition and wellness specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offer tips to help Iowans sort through the information overload and safely use disinfectants to clean and sanitize their homes.
Cleaning and sanitizing surfaces are food safety practices that can help Iowans combat COVID-19 in their homes. Food safety specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach explain the proper steps to clean and sanitize in-home surfaces.
The foodservice industry has been particularly hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic as schools, restaurants and other food-serving establishments remain closed. To help foodservice workers navigate this crisis, ISU Extension and Outreach’s family finance program specialists are providing one-on-one financial conversations.
COVID-19 Restaurant Opening Guidance provides a framework of best practices for keeping foodservice workers and customers safe from COVID-19, said Anirudh Naig, a food safety extension state specialist and associate professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management at Iowa State University.
Gov. Kim Reynolds has modified the state’s Public Health Emergency Declaration as it pertains to farmers markets. The June 10, 2020, proclamation allows farmers markets to continue operating, but previous restrictions have been modified.
When the electricity has been out for several hours or longer, Iowans rightly wonder whether the food in their refrigerators and freezers is still safe to eat. Food safety and nutrition and wellness specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach share some key considerations for safely handling these food items.