How to purchase products in a pandemic and whether to disinfect fruits and vegetables: tips microbiologist

Как закупаться продуктами в пандемию и стоит ли дезинфицировать овощи и фрукты: советы микробиолога

Whether it is necessary to decontaminate the packaging and how safe reusable bags.

Don Shaffner, food microbiologist at Rutgers University, wrote in his Twitter thread dedicated to buying and handling food during a pandemic. He noted that the Network now appears more and more information from incompetent sources, and bitty tips can not only panic, but also hurt. In his opinion, the most dangerous of all — recommendations from doctors to Microbiology and food are irrelevant.

I am a food microbiologist. Would you like to hear my tips on how to treat children? Unlikely. And that is why you should not listen to the advice about food hygiene or Microbiology from doctors in this area did not understand.

First, he said, do I need to disinfect the purchases: “whether it Is necessary to decontaminate the packaging of the products? I don’t think it has any scientific justification. It is better to wash your hands if you took something of potentially contaminated packaging — and this rule works not only during a pandemic. Wash hands and/or to treat them with antiseptic before eating should always”.

He went on to explain how to wash fruits and vegetables — and there’s absolutely nothing complicated.

  1. Wash fruits and vegetables with cold water and soap for this use is impossible.
  2. There is no evidence that specialized tools for washing fruits and vegetables somehow affect SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent COVID-19. Most of them are not more efficient than conventional water. However, if you do this will be calmer and you don’t mind to spend a few hundred rubles, these funds can be used.
  3. Similarly, there is no evidence that washing with vinegar helps to kill more bacteria than washing with water. It is better to leave the vinegar for cooking.

Also, Shaffner told how it should be procured to minimize the risk.

  1. Treat the hands with an antiseptic before entering the supermarket, and after he came out of him. Large stores now hang dispensers of antiseptic at the entrance — feel free to use them.
  2. Try to spend in the shop as little time as possible and do not contact with other people. Make a shopping list and go to a familiar store where you are familiar, in order not to waste time looking for the right Department.
  3. Use reusable bags, shopping bags shapery or you can, but don’t forget to wash them regularly. However, this rule works outside of the pandemic. When you got the products, store such packages better in the trunk of the car.
  4. Once you understand the purchase, wash your hands again.

See also

  • How many lives coronavirus on various surfaces (updated)
  • How to shop for groceries during a pandemic
  • Is it possible to be infected with the coronavirus, if you order takeaway
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