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Does microwaving food kill COVID-19?

Does microwaving food kill COVID-19?

The answer to that is… maybe. According to the CDC, microwaves have been proven to kill bacteria and viruses when zapping the food from 60 seconds to five minutes. But not all microwaves emit the same power and cook in the same way.

Can COVID-19 transmit through food?

While there is currently no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 is transmitted by food, the pandemic has nonetheless impacted the supply chain and consumers’ access to the foods they are seeking, making supply chain continuity and food availability top priorities for the FDA.

Can COVID-19 be transmitted through food or food packaging?

Given that the number of virus particles that could be theoretically picked up by touching a surface would be very small and the amount needed for infection via oral inhalation would be very high, the chances of infection by touching the surface of food packaging or eating food is considered to be extremely low.The USDA and the FDA are sharing this update based upon the best available information from scientific bodies across the globe, including a continued international consensus that the risk is exceedingly low for transmission of SARS-CoV-2 to humans via food and food packaging.

How to kill COVID-19 using heat on virus-containing objects?

In order to kill COVID‐19, heat virus‐containing objects for:• 3 minutes at temperature above 75°C (160°F).• 5 minutes for temperatures above 65°C (149°F).• 20 minutes for temperatures above 60°C (140°F).

What are the risks of food from takeout or drive-thru food?

There is no current indication that takeout or drive-thru meals will increase illness.

  • This option is a good risk management choice, especially for high risk and elderly groups because it reduces the number of touch points.
  • Is it safe to shop for food during the COVID-19 pandemic?

    As grocery shopping remains a necessity during this pandemic, many people have questions about how to shop safely. We want to reassure consumers that there is currently no evidence of human or animal food or food packaging being associated with transmission of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

    Am I at risk for COVID-19 from touching food or packaging?

    Again, there is no evidence of food packaging being associated with the transmission of COVID-19. However, if you wish, you can wipe down product packaging and allow it to air dry, as an extra precaution.

    Is take-away food safe during the COVID-19 pandemic?

    Currently there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with the transmission of the coronavirus.