← Return to COVID-19: Grocery Shopping and Take Out Food

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@sueinmn

@feisty76 Heat kills Covid-19, so cooking any produce to at least 160F makes it safe. I think your practice of washing all produce is a good one – if you use soap, water (any temp) and friction (as in handwashing) on hard-skinned fruits – oranges, apples, bananas, etc it is safe to handle and eat. Still looking around for definitive answers on soft fruits and fresh greens – we have taken them off the menu for now. Our produce stands are open here (basically one-person, outdoor businesses, and friends shop them for all of us.) My friend says most greens and soft fruits and veggies aren't even being offered there now – so a lot of people must have quit buying out of caution. Looking forward to getting home where I can raise my own greens!
A final word – I have looked high and low, and there is no evidence that vinegar in any concentration is an effective disinfectant against Covid-19, even though I see recipes for it on the Internet every day. A few places I consider reliable, such as Consumer Reports and the World Economic Forum (both gather their info from many sources) specifically note that there is no evidence vinegar (acetic acid) kills coronaviruses.
Stay safe everyone, but continue to eat healthy!
Sue

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Replies to "@feisty76 Heat kills Covid-19, so cooking any produce to at least 160F makes it safe. I..."

Yes, I understand that heat and cooking produce kills the virus. I'm just staying away from grocery stores right now because of lung issues which make me more vulnerable to the shoppers as well as fresh foods. Pretty well stocked up and getting more creative with some meals. Smiles I haven't seen recommendations either for using vinegar as a disinfectant…I've been sticking with a bit of Dawn in lukewarm water and scrubbing harder skinned fruits with a veggie brush.

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