To this day, Health Canada has not reported any case of COVID19 transmission through food; at the present time, there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be transmitted through food or its packaging. There is therefore no need to panic.
Washing your groceries before storing them might not be necessary
Cold temperatures would not be a good strategy to decontaminate your groceries. Past coronaviruses have shown us that freezing them increases their duration of infectivity.
The duration of infectivity of the coronavirus responsible for COVID-19 on surfaces has not yet been determined with accuracy. Some studies consider a life duration of up to 9 days, while others speak of 24 hours on cardboard and 3 days on plastic and stainless-steel surfaces.
If decontaminating your groceries reassures you, please remember that people-to-people contacts remain the riskiest. Staying home, observing social distancing and washing your hands are the best ways to avoid contamination!
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