Missoula health officials offer food safety advice

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Posted at 12:56 PM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 15:00:32-04

MISSOULA — The Missoula City-County Health Department is looking to clear up some misinformation about food safety.

Incident Commander Cindy Farr says people are washing their produce with bleach and soap, but that is not recommended.

She noted that you can’t contract COVID-19 from food. You are more likely to get the disease from standing too close to people in line, and touching surfaces like door handles or shopping carts.

Farr also says you should always stay six feet apart from people when grocery shopping or picking up food.

"Follow the stores lead for other social distancing or prevention measures that they may have put into place,” Farr said. “They want to keep you healthy, and they want to keep their employees healthy, so it's really important to try to cooperate as much as you can."

Farr also recommends that, when possible, go to the store or restaurant alone to limit exposure.