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July 24, 2020

Tips to keep your food safe from Coronavirus, COVID-19

These tips come from the Canadian Government on how to keep your food safe from Covid.
1. Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water or use hand sanitizer if you do not have access to soap and water.

Why is the hand wash method effective?

The hand wash method, described in tip 1 is effective but why? Soaps are formulated to chemically bond with oils, proteins and sugars and pull them from a surface. That surface can be a dirty dish or your hands. Covid is a virus and viruses do not have protective membranes. Covid has an oily coating. So when you wash your hands with soap, the soap bonds with the oily coating around the virus, pulling it away and leaving the virus without protection. The virus is inactivated. That is why it is so important to use soap. Just using water will not clean your hands.
Why warm water? Because soaps are made to work better in warm water. They are more effecrtive.
Why 20 seconds because that is the minimum time you need to get in all the cracks and crevices of your hands.
These are the reasons why it is important to wash hands according to the method so that you will remove dirt, bacteria and Coronavirus.

How to wash fruits, vegetables and produce

2. Wash your fruits & vegetables under running water.
Fruits, vegetables and produce are porous and can absorb soaps. You do not want to wash them with a disinfectant, sanitizer or soap unless it is a product that is specifically formulated for fruits, vegetables and produce. The foods can absorb the soap and it may not be good for your health. The government recommends putting them under running water to wash away anything.
Covid is not a food-borne illness. You will not get food poisoning from it. A good rinse should be adequate.

Cook your food

3. Cook your food to recommended safe internal temperatures.
In my blog and video on Outdoor Cooking Eating Do's & Don'ts, I talked about the minimum internal temperatures to cook various meats to and the minimum temperatures to hold cold food. Heat from cooking will deactivate the virus. Click HERE for the blog and HERE for the video. They both review the temperatures from various governments; USA, Canada, Australia and UK.

Keep different foods separate

4. Keep the raw and cooked foods separate and use separate tools or wash tools with soap and water.
Raw foods can carry all kinds of contamination, bacteria, viruses, bugs, mold, twigs, and more. It is important to keep them separate. You do not want to accidentally contaminate your cooked burgers with E. coli by putting them back on the plate that held the raw burgers. If there was E. coli in the raw meat, you will now have it in your cooked meat.

Clean your surfaces

5. Disinfect surfaces that come into contact with food 
The government recommends that you disinfect your food prep surfaces. In two weeks, I will cover how to make your disinfectant using the recipe from the government and I will also cover other ways to clean and disinfect.
With these tips, you can be confident, that your food and surfaces will be safe from Coronavirus and just general bad bugs that can give you food poisoning.
Tip Summary
1. Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water or use hand sanitizer if you do not have access to soap and water.
2. Wash your fruits & vegetables under running water.
3. Cook your food to recommended safe internal temperatures.
4. Keep the raw and cooked foods separate and use separate tools or wash tools with soap and water.
5. Disinfect surfaces that come into contact with food

Check out my video on this topic  HERE