Is transmission of Covid-19 virus through food possible? How café, restaurants and hotels should adapt the New Normal Era? How to effectively use the re-opening checklists published by governments and authorities for public health and food safety.
Transmission of Covid-19 Through Food
World Health Organization claimed that there have not been any reports of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 virus through food. However, concerns were expressed about the potential for these viruses to persist on raw foods of animal origin.
Especially when you think that SARS-CoV-2 virus can survive for up to two years at -20°C and at refrigeration temperature (4°C), MERS-CoV can remain viable for up to 72 hours, both food producers and consumers should make provision against the Covid.
Raw meat, raw milk or raw animal organs should be handled with care to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods.
5 Keys to Safer Food
Although global food safety and quality standards like ISO 22000, BRC, IFS and FSSC 22000 considers much more detailed rules and checklists it is essential to keep in mind the 5 keys published by World Health Organization (WHO)
- Keep Clean
- Separate raw and cooked
- Cook thoroughly
- Keep food at safe temperatures
- Use safe water and raw materials
FDA Guideline for Retail Food Establishments and Food Service
There are many different checklists published by different authorities, the main concerns are about the same around below infographic.
Wremia digitalized the full checklist to make it accessible via all mobile devices, tablets, and PCs. We hope to decrease the risk of contamination of the virus. You can take instant actions, assign tasks to your team, put deadlines, attach photos of the risky situations and more.
How long does the Virus survives on the surfaces?
Surfaces is can easily be cleaned with common household disinfectants that will kill the virus. Studies have shown that the COVID-19 virus can survive for up to 72 hours on plastic and stainless steel, less than 4 hours on copper and less than 24 hours on cardboard. As, always clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Therefore, taking the measures looks easy, but the efforts should be systematic, using the checklists and putting more attention to its importance.
Outdoor Dining and Café Placement Guideline of Toronto
The world is learning how to fight againist the Covid all together - creating a global library. Therefore we suggest organisations to benefit from all usefull resources and experiences voluntarily. Toronto publised a many usefull guidelines and checklists to reduce the risk of Covid spread. In addition to food safety, their checklists consist of café placement and distance requirements. Toronto Municipality provided some additional outdoor placement permissions to cafés in this manner.
Check the ready to go Reopening Checklist of Toronto here and make a self assessment in minutes. Do not forget to check the latest news from formal websites of the regulatory organisations.
Reopening checklist by Australian Authorities
Many cities in Australia also published checklists and guidelines for the re-openning and hygiene principles during the Covid-era.
Reopening checklist for Tourism Organisations, Hotels and Lodgings
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