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These Are All of the Coronavirus Food Rules That Are Changing

As health experts gain more knowledge on how COVID-19 spreads former concerns are put to rest.
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Since the start of the pandemic, health professionals have warned us about potential ways the coronavirus could spread aside from person-to-person contact, a lot of which are now considered low risk as more information has become available.

Initially, there was concern that the coronavirus was transmissible through fresh fruits and vegetables, but experts immediately quelled nerves by informing the public that there is no such evidence that's even possible. In fact, one such expert recently made the point that if viral particles did exist on the food, your stomach acid would dissolve them.

Still, there seems to be much confusion around what precautions must be taken with food to lessen the chances of contracting COVID-19. Below you'll see three suggestions made by health experts in the early stages of the pandemic that are now no longer a major concern.


It's best to wash your produce with soap and water.

washing produce

No, this isn't necessary. Originally, Dr. Chairty, board-certified MD and anesthesiologist, had suggested that one should use soap and water to wash off fresh produce that they wouldn't be cooking.

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"The virus is covered in an oily membrane that is disrupted by plain soap and water is effective at removing [and] rinsing away the virus," she said.

While this is true, rinsing produce with just water will do the trick all on its own. Save your hand soap for your hands!

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You must wipe down the packaging.

sanitizing groceries

Originally we thought the virus was able to survive on stainless steel surfaces and plastic objects for up to 72 hours. Sure, traces of viral RNA may be there but it's not infectious. In fact, the timing would have to be just right to actually contract the virus from an object or a surface. The risk is now deemed low by the CDC.


You should leave non-perishables out before putting them in the pantry.

Bagged almonds

Again, this concern is no longer valid as the viral particles that could exist on a package are not infectious, it's merely genetic material. You should have no fear putting that bag of almonds in your pantry as soon as you get home.

Eat This, Not That! is constantly monitoring the latest food news as it relates to COVID-19 in order to keep you healthy, safe, and informed (and answer your most urgent questions). Here are the precautions you should be taking at the grocery store, the foods you should have on hand, the meal delivery services and restaurant chains offering takeout you need to know about, and ways you can help support those in need. We will continue to update these as new information develops. Click here for all of our COVID-19 coverage, and sign up for our newsletter to stay up-to-date.

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