WHO advises shoppers to wash fruit & veg

Consumers should wash their fruit and veg before consuming to avoid the spread of coronavirus, the World Health Organisation has advised.

The UN agency has also recommended people avoid using banknotes and store PIN keypads where possible, to avoid coming into contact with the virus. “All these things would be considered ‘low risk’ of transmission. But all food must be washed before consumption - whether packaged or selected by customers,” explained the WHO’s Dr Margaret Harris. It is unlikely the virus can be passed on through eating food, particularly if it has been heated. Studies have shown thorough cooking is effective in killing similar viruses like Sars. The biggest risk is in handling fresh produce and packaged goods that have been touched, or coughed and sneezed upon, by an infected person.