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Patrick Hardy interviewed by Channel 7 News Boston: https://whdh.com/news/hank-investigates-how-to-keep-germs-off-your-groceries/

“You need to treat everything that comes into your home like its potentially contaminated,” Patrick Hardy, certified risk and disaster planning expert and founder of the Disaster Hawk app said.

Hardy recommends putting arriving grocery bags on a disinfecting area or a table you’ve set up. Then remove the packages inside.

“You’re going to lay the bags down on the table you’re going to take the items out of the bag one by one,” Hardy said.

He says to toss the empty paper or plastic bags, then disinfect the surface the bags were on. If you use your own reusable shopping bags, disinfect those too.

If you bought fresh produce, wash that right away.

“They need to be immediately washed, they need to go right to your sink and you need to do a preliminary wash of them using soap and water,” Hardy said.

As for the individual cardboard or plastic packages, the FDA reports, “currently there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with the transmission of COVID-19.””

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