COVID-19 & Food Safety

COVID-19 & Food Safety

  • 4 May 2020
Have you been wondering if it’s possible to get the COVID-19 virus from eating infected food? What about from food packaging? Do you want to know how to make your food shopping safer? We look at the latest international advice about food safety and COVID-19.

Can you get COVID-19 from food or food packaging?

The short answer is: it’s highly unlikely. There's currently no evidence of COVID-19 being transmitted through food, according to the WHO.

“It is highly unlikely that people can contract COVID-19 from food or food packaging. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness and the primary transmission route is through person-to-person contact and through direct contact with respiratory droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes. There is no evidence to date of viruses that cause respiratory illnesses being transmitted via food or food packaging. Coronaviruses cannot multiply in food; they need an animal or human host to multiply.”

There have been no incidences of cases from food packaging being the source of transmission,
according to the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa. “Due to the low environmental stability of coronaviruses, a transmission of the pathogen via this method seems unlikely in most cases.”

Although some people think there is a risk of COVID-19 infection resulting from open food displays, like the fruit and vegetable displays at the supermarket, there is currently no scientific evidence suggesting that food is associated with the transmission of the COVID-19 virus.

So, you are more likely to catch the virus from someone else while shopping, rather than from the food. However, it’s always a good idea to wash your fruit and vegetables with water, to remove soil, germs and possible pesticides.

Safe food shopping tips

Here are some tips you can implement to make your food shopping safer.

Limit your shopping trips

Only go shopping when you really need to. Buy enough food to last you for a while (but avoid stockpiling!), and if possible, avoid going shopping during the busiest times

Shop carefully

When you do have to go shopping, use the provided hand sanitizers, disinfectant wipes, and maintain social distancing.

Get food delivered

Getting your groceries delivered helps reduce the number of people going into stores and touching things, and helps people follow social distancing, as well as the number of people touching surfaces. We have implemented safer non-contact deliveries for all of our customers, to make sure that your Monday dinner kit delivery is as safe as can be!

We, along with our suppliers and other reputable food producers, follow strict hygienic procedures in food production to limit the spread of other foodborne infections. These include storing food at the right temperatures, wearing protective gear, and keeping food production environment and equipment clean. These food safety measures have always been followed, even before the outbreak, but now we are paying even closer attention to them.

See more tips about Covid-19 and food safety here