Podcast Episode 145: What You Need to Know about Coronavirus & Food – Dr. Taylor Wallace
Mar 30, 2020
Food Safety & Coronavirus (COVID-19)
There’s a lot we still have to learn about coronavirus and how it spreads, but one question on people’s minds: Can coronavirus be spread through food?
According to the Centers for Disease for Disease Control:
Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food. Before preparing or eating food it is important to always wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds for general food safety. Throughout the day wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, or going to the bathroom.
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Coronavirus and Food Safety
In general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from food products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient, refrigerated, or frozen temperatures.
Experts are advising food preparations should continue as normal, which includes washing produce under running tap water – no added soaps or detergents. According to the CDC/FDA, there is currently no evidence to support transmission of COVID 19 associated with food or food packaging.”
Dr. Taylor Wallace
Taylor C. Wallace, PhD, CFS, FACN, is Principal and CEO at the Think Healthy Group and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies at George Mason University. Dr. Wallace’s background includes a PhD in Food Science and Nutrition from The Ohio State University. In his free time, Dr. Wallace manages and operates a large food and nutrition blog and is a regular guest on NBC and the Dr. Oz Show. He is a fellow of the American College of Nutrition and is the 2015 recipient of the Charles A. Regus Award, given by the American College of Nutrition for original research and innovation in the field of nutrition. Dr. Wallace is a Senior Fellow of the Center for Magnesium Education & Research, the Deputy Editor in Chief of the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Editor in Chief of the Journal of Dietary Supplements, editor of six academic textbooks, an author of over 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters, and author of the new popular cookbook, Sizzling Science.
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How to Handle Food Safely During the COVID-19 Outbreak – Sally Kuzemchak, WebMD
Don’t Panic About Shopping, Getting Delivery or Accepting Packages – Washington Post
7 Tips for Cleaning Fruits, Vegetables – U.S. Food and Drug Administration
How to Safely Handle Your Groceries During the Coronavirus Pandemic – Toby Amidor, Shape
Don’t Panic! We Have Food, Please Share – Marianne Smith Edge
Academy Offers Nutrition Guidance During Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 Emergency – Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
COVID-19 Nutrition Posts – Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
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