Consumer - coronavirus

The coronavirus is still around. On this page you find answers on the most common questions about coronavirus and food.

Could the coronavirus spread through the food I buy in the store or online?

Do I have to rinse fruit, berries and vegetables extra carefully due to the coronavirus?

No. You do not need to rinse fruits, berries and vegetables extra carefully due to the coronavirus. Coronavirus is mainly spread through microscopic droplets in the air entering the airway – not through the gastrointestinal tract.

The risk of being infected by coronavirus from touching fruit, berries or vegetables is considered very small. There have been no reports of anyone being infected with the new coronavirus by eating food.

In order for surfaces and various objects, such as fruits, berries and vegetables, to transmit the coronavirus, the object first needs to be contaminated with the virus. For example a sick person could cough or sneeze on the object, or touch the object with virus on their hands. If a healthy person touches the object and then touches their mouth, nose or eyes without first having washed their hands, the healthy person could get infected. 

Could I become infected if I touch utensils such as salad tongs or food packages that an infected person has touched?

The risk of being infected by coronavirus through indirect contact, such as when touching surfaces or utensils, is assessed to be very small. There have been no reports of anyone being infected with the new coronavirus by touching surfaces or objects containing the virus (see answer above).

Should I continue to wash my hands? 

Yes. Washing your hands with soap and water is the best protection against the spread of different infections. Wash your hands frequently and wipe them dry afterwards. If there is no soap and water available, you can use hand sanitizer. Both methods ensure that the coronavirus loses its ability to infect.

Coronavirus pandemic - questions and answers

Reviewed 2022-01-16