COVID-19 Food Safety : Fruits, Vegetables, Takeouts

COVID-19 easily spreads through touch, but what about our food – fruits, vegetables, or even takeouts?

Find out what you should or should not do, to ensure that your food is safe from COVID-19!


COVID-19 Food Safety : Pre-packed Food / Takeouts

First, let’s address the simpler issue of food takeouts, based on advice from the CDC, Harvard School of Public Health, the US FDA and the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control.

  1. COVID-19 is unlikely to be transmitted through cooked foods.
  2. Cooking destroys COVID-19, so the only risk is if an infected person coughs onto the food while packing it
  3. There is some risk with raw, uncooked foods like salads, so try not to order such foods.
  4. COVID-19 can be present on cash, so it would be a good idea to prepay with a credit card.
  5. Where possible, request for food deliveries with minimal or no contact – food left at the doorstep.
  6. COVID-19 can remain on cardboard surfaces for up to 24 hours, so it is advisable to transfer the meal onto a plate and discharge the packaging
  7. Always wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, after handling food takeouts


COVID-19 Food Safety : Fruits, Vegetables + Other Raw Foods

This is important for those who like to eat salads, not just those eating fruits. It basically covers any kind of raw food.

  1. There is currently no evidence that COVID-19 can spread through eating or touching raw fruits or vegetables.
  2. The COVID-19 virus can survive on surfaces for a limited amount of time, but not for long periods of time like some other viruses.
  3. Avoid squeezing and touching fruits and vegetables unless you intend to buy them.
  4. You should at least wash fruits, vegetables and other raw foods in clean running water, before consuming them.
  5. To be safe, foods that are meant for raw consumption should be washed with (food-safe) soap and water.
  6. In case you are worried about the virus sticking onto the skin, you can peel the fruits, and wash your hands, before eating them.
  7. Wash and clean cutting boards, utensils and dish cloths with hot, soapy water.
  8. Wash your hands with soap and water, before and after preparing your food

Again, we should repeat that there has been NO documented cases of COVID-19 transmission through food.

Health authorities are only advocating for good hand washing practices, before and after preparing food… and of course, before consuming your food.

Recommended : Can COVID-19 Spread Through Fruits & Vegetables?


Wash Food With Soap : Are You Crazy?

No, actually, some people wash fruits and vegetables with food-safe soap to get rid of dirt and pesticides, especially if they plan on eating them raw.

While we cannot advocate any particular food-safe soap, here are some you can buy online (prices as of 26 March 2020) :



United States

  • Veggie Wash (16 oz x 3) : $96
  • Arm & Hammer (16.9 oz) : $7.50
  • 23.4° (72 oz x 3) : $22.46
  • Vegeaqua (10.6 oz) : $13.85
  • Microdyn (1000 ml) : $44.99
  • Fit Organic (32 oz x 3) : $44.99
  • Environne (16 oz x 6) : $25.60

United Kingdom



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