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Remove All Food From Extraneous Packaging

Because the coronavirus can live on surfaces for hours and up to days, you'll want to remove as much extra packing from the food as possible. This includes any cardboard boxes the food comes in, because it may have come in contact with the virus at the store or in transport. Make sure your hands are clean, and remove food from outer packaging and store the food in the appropriate place, i.e. your fridge, freezer, or cupboard.

Keep in mind, though, that freezing food won't kill any germs. The freezing process does just that - freezes the bacteria, which will then reactivate when the food is thawed. So don't rely on that to kill any coronavirus germs.

4 Food-Safety Tips For Handling Groceries Right Now

During the coronavirus pandemic, we have to be more careful than ever with not spreading germs, and one thing to be hyperaware of is how you handle groceries. In any food's journey from manufacturer to grocery store to your home, it can encounter a variety of people, which means it can be exposed to the coronavirus along the way. If you're in a store shopping, be careful not to touch anything you don't want to bring home, just so you aren't spreading your own germs, and shop with a purpose. With people being instructed to socially distance as much as possible, it's important to minimize your time outside the house, so make that grocery list and save the browsing for another day. And when you do get everything you need, here are 4 tips for how to handle your groceries when you bring them home.

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