Best Practices Against Covid In The Home 5 Tips To Keep Your Food Safe

This is the first blog in a series on Stay Safe During The Pandemic.

Revised July 29, 2020  Originally published July 24, 2020 Deborah Esplin

These tips and best practices 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 effective.

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

  1. 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

  1. 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 and the minimum temperatures to hold cold food. The 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; the USA, Canada, Australia, and the UK.

Keep different foods separate

  1. 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 were E. coli in the raw meat, you will now have it in your cooked meat.

Clean your surfaces

  1. 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 is a link to the next blog post in this series: Best Practices Against Covid In The Home To Keep Your Food Safe

Other blog posts in this series:

9 Tips On How To Stay Safe While Shopping During COVID

Safe Home Delivery Tips And Should You Wash Your Groceries?

5 Tips On How To Keep Your Home Safe From COVID

 

Check out posts on other topics here: Blog Table of Contents.

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