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With restaurants only doing curb-side pick up and delivery, many folks are grocery shopping more often than usual, and under stressful circumstances.

Foodnetwork.com has some suggestions for making your necessary shopping runs as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Make a shopping list so that you can get in and out of the store as quickly as possible.
  • Bring hand sanitizer and your own antibacterial wipes.
  • Wipe down the shopping cart handle right away.
  • Ditch reusable bags for right now. They pick up bacteria and will need to be washed after every use.
  • Put produce in plastic bags to protect it from directly touching the shopping cart.
  • Put raw meat in seperate plastic bags to avoid cross contamination. Put meat and ready-to-use products in seprate sections inside your cart as well.
  • Make sure that your cans and boxed foods are dry and intact with no rips or dents.
  • Look for produce without holes or scratches where bacteria can enter it.
  • Skip any free food samples, even if the person is wearing gloves.
  • Wipe down self check out screens or scanning guns with antibacterial wipes before using them. Use hand sanitizer after.
  • Wipe down the credit card machine before using it. I wipe down my card too. Use hand sanitizer after using the machine.
  • Wash your hands with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds after you unload your groceries.
  • Bring your plastic bags back to the grocery to be recycled next time you go.