Current Safety Precautions

updated: 4/25/20

Here is a basic information sheet I put together, which covers:

 
1. Current information from the CDC and FDA on food safety and how the virus is spread
2. The precautions I am currently taking at the farm
3. Simple precautions you can take at home

 

1. Current information from the CDC and FDA:

 

The current science indicates that there is low risk of transmission from touching contaminated surfaces, and there is currently no evidence to support the transmission of COVID-19 through food. The main way that the virus seems to be spreading is through person to person contact.

 

Here are links to CDC and FDA info on food safety:

 

  • “Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread from person to person through respiratory droplets. Currently, there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food. Before preparing or eating food it is important to always wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds for general food safety."

 

Source, CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html#How-COVID-19-Spreads

 

 

  • “Currently there is no evidence of food, food containers, or food packaging being associated with transmission of COVID-19 . . . If you are concerned about contamination of food or food packaging, wash your hands after handling food packaging, after removing food from the packaging, before you prepare food for eating and before you eat.”

 

Source, FDA: https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-frequently-asked-questions#food

2. Precautions I am currently taking:

 

  • I am washing my hands often and wearing gloves while harvesting veggies.

  • I am wearing a cloth mask/face-covering and gloves (over clean hands) while in the wash station.

  • I am wiping down all surfaces in the wash station with a bleach solution before washing vegetables (by dunking them in clean water).

  • I am packaging vegetables directly into new plastic bags with clean, gloved hands.

  • All re-used paper and plastic bags have sat untouched for multiple days (or longer) before I put (packaged) vegetables in them.

  • When possible, I am harvesting and washing vegetables 2 days before delivery, to let packaged vegetables sit untouched in the cooler for almost 48 hours. (Sometimes based on weather, I need to harvest the day before or same day as delivery. If you'd like info on when veggies were harvested and packaged, you can always ask me.)

  • I am staying up to date as new safety recommendations emerge and adjusting accordingly.

 
3. Simple precautions you can take at home:

 

  • Wash your hands. Remove vegetables from bags onto a clean surface, wash your hands, put vegetables in new bags.

  • Rinse vegetables (again) in running water before eating.

  • Always wash your hands before preparing and eating food!

 

I found this article from Consumer Reports helpful as a clear synthesis of the research and recommendations from CDC and FDA:

https://www.consumerreports.org/food-safety/coronavirus-common-questions-about-the-food-you-eat-food-safety/