How safe is takeout or restaurant prepared food?
La Administrators Food and Drug Administration USA has produced a Q&A on the safety of food products. Take a look at some of the highlights:
Q: Can I get sick with COVID-19 from touching food, food packaging, or food contact surfaces, if the coronavirus was present in it?
A: Currently, there is no evidence that food or food packaging is associated with the transmission of COVID-19. Like others virus, the virus that causes COVID-19 may survive on surfaces or objects. For this reason, it is essential to wash your hands frequently, including utensils.
P: Can I get COVID-19 from a food worker who handles my food?
A: Currently, there is no evidence that food or food packaging is associated with the transmission of COVID-19. However, the virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading from person to person in some communities in the US. USA The CDC recommends that if you are sick, stay home until you are better and no longer pose a risk of infecting others.
Anyone who handles, prepares, and serves food should always follow safe procedures for food handlinglike washing hands and surfaces frequently.
P: Since restaurant workers and other service industry employees have continual contact with the public, are there any special precautions these workers should take to avoid becoming ill with a respiratory illness, such as wearing masks?
A: The CDC does not recommend that people who are well use a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. People who show symptoms of COVID-19 should wear face masks to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of face masks is also crucial for healthcare workers and caregivers of someone with COVID-19 in nearby settings (at home or in a healthcare facility).
CDC Recommends Actions preventive for everyone, including workers and customers in the service industry:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a disposable tissue, then throw it away.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
P: Are foods imported into the United States from China and other countries affected by 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at risk of spreading COVID-19?
A: Currently, there is no evidence to support the transmission of COVID-19 associated with imported goods, and there are no reported cases of COVID-19 in the United States associated with imported goods.
Q: Are food products produced in the United States a risk for the spread of COVID-19?
A: There is no evidence to suggest that foods produced in the United States can transmit COVID-19.