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Bringing Groceries Home During a Pandemic

by Wesley Hatt

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During a pandemic, bringing items into the home has become a little more challenging. While it is important to be aware of cross-contamination, it is also important to consider what is recommended by reputable medical professionals and our own country’s guidance.

In Canada, “There are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 being spread through food or food packaging.” This is very good news but taking precautions is still recommended.

When shopping:

  • Use hand sanitizer when entering a store.
  • Keep your distance from other people (at least 2 meters)
  • Wear a mask (non-surgical) and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid touching items you are not going to take.
  • Use hand sanitizer when exiting a store.

Your groceries are still handled by essential workers; the cashiers, who may be unknowingly Covid virus carriers, so it is wise to establish safety measures once home.

When you arrive home:

Consider having a designated area upon entry where groceries can be sterilized before being placed in your cupboards or fridge.

  • Wash your hands when you get back home.
  • Freezer items: discard outer boxes when possible.
  • Wash fruits and vegetables under running water only. No soap, detergent, bleach or commercial produce wash
  • Put non-perishables away.
  • Wash your hands when done.


For those at risk who may not like to venture to a store, retail grocery chains have greatly improved their internet shopping services so customers can purchase food on line and access their orders via curbside pick up or a home delivery service. Food shopping has certainly been transformed over the last year providing consumers with proficient options. Safe shopping everyone!

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