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Ordering takeout or delivery? Remember to wipe down your food container

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Posted at 5:03 PM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 17:04:57-04

During a Friday afternoon news conference where state officials provided residents with an update on coronavirus, Ohio Department of Public Health Director Dr. Amy Acton touched on the importance of the food service industry.

According to Acton, many people across the state rely on restaurants and carryout for meals to feed their families. “It’s really important that we still have that lifeline to the things we need,” she said.

While restaurants already have protocols in place for food safety and hygiene, one additional measure you can do when ordering food to go or having it delivered is wiping the containers it’s in down before you eat, Acton said.

“Obviously you know we’re really relying on the great hygiene of the folks that make the food and I know that’s something that businesses take very, very seriously,” Acton said.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, “currently there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with transmission of COVID-19.”

However, Acton said, the CDC has "loosely" stated to wipe off the outside of containers before you open them.

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