In the News
Salt Lake Tribune Tuesday, Mar. 24, 2020
Several times a day, ever since the COVID-19 pandemic started, Teresa Hunsaker is asked the same question. “Can I get the coronavirus by touching the boxes, bottles and bags I buy at the grocery store?” It’s not the only food-safety query Hunsaker, a family and consumer science educator with Utah State University Extension, gets. She also hears things like: “How should I wash my fresh fruits and vegetables?” “What do I do if I can’t find bleach or sanitizing wipes at the grocery store?” "Is it safe to use reusable grocery bags?” By the time we actually get our groceries home, most items already have been handled by the employee who stocked the shelf, the cashier and the bagger, she said. And who knows if another customer touched it or, even worse, coughed or sneezed nearby?