Although there is currently no evidence for the transmission of infection via packaging, an abundance of precaution for this exposure route seems appropriate. In addition to the health recommendations being made by the World Health Organization (WHO) and local health authorities, the Food Packaging Forum is recommending consumers to consider either:
(i) washing all packaging immediately when it enters the household with soap and water;
(ii) alternatively, transferring packaged goods from the packaging to cleaned containers for storage, and then discarding the packaging; or
(iii) quarantining the items for up to three days in the household before touching them again.
These recommendations apply to items bought in stores as well as those delivered to homes, such as mail order groceries or meal delivery services, etc.