With the global spread of the coronavirus pandemic, many people are cooking from home more than ever before. Though you’re probably doing your best to practice social distancing and stay inside, you may be wondering if the food, packaging, and grocery bags you bring into your home need to be sanitized. It’s a valid concern, considering all of the hands that have touched the apples in your fridge or the cans of tuna in your pantry.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), transmission of the virus is far more likely to spread through respiratory droplets from an infected person and much less likely via surfaces, materials, or food. So you probably don’t need to do more than what’s usually recommended to safely sanitize surfaces and prepare food. That said, we understand that you may have specific questions about the risks. Here’s what you need to know about handling grocery bags, packaged food, and produce after you return from the store or when you have food delivered to your door.