Food delivery & take out: The new normal for households


How should people handle delivered food?

Food: Safety & Emergency Resources

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Food delivery & take out: The new normal for households

Food delivery services are in high demand right now. Online grocery delivery sales alone have quadrupled within the past few weeks. Families are concerned about how COVID-19 affects the food they eat and the surfaces they touch.

From the FDA:

  1. The U.S. food supply remains safe for both people and animals.
  2. There is no evidence of human or animal food or food packaging being associated with transmission of COVID-19.

What does this mean for people now?

Foodborne exposure to COVID-19 is not known to be a route of transmission. COVID-19 causes respiratory illness, and the greatest risk is being around people who are symptomatic.

The FDA does not anticipate that food products would need to be recalled or withdrawn from the market for reasons related to the outbreak, even if a person who works in a human or animal food facility (e.g. a food packager) is confirmed to be positive for the COVID-19 virus.

How should people handle delivered food?

People should continue to consistently use the Core Four safe food handling practices of clean, separate, cook and chill to reduce risk from harmful germs.

Additional Resources:

PFSE Factsheets: Clean | Separate | Cook | Chill

PFSE: Coronavirus Resource Page

CDC: Tips for Meal Kit and Food Delivery Safety

FDA: Food Safe Meal Prep

USDA: Food Safety for the Delivery of Groceries & Prepared Meals

FDA’s Tips on Good Nutrition and Using the Updated Nutrition Facts Label During the Coronavirus Pandemic

USDA’s Start Simple with MyPlate: Food Planning During the Coronavirus Pandemic


Janie Greenwald
Nutrition Educator, Master Food Preserver
845-340-3990 ext. 326

Last updated May 12, 2020