VERIFY: Can you get COVID-19 from your food or its packaging?

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Tyler Paley

TOLEDO, Ohio — We all have to eat. But experts say we should keep those grocery store trips few and far between — for now — to stop the spread.

That, along with several food processing plants being shut down across the country because employees got the virus, had at least one viewer wondering about the food supply chain.

The first part of this claim is the idea that you can catch COVID-19 from food.

ProMedica Dr. Brian Kaminski said probably not.

"We know that this virus tends to be heat-sensitive," he said. "It's actually fairly cold-stable so we know it can exist in cold environments longer than it can exist in hot environments. But we know that the normal cooking process generally keeps people safe from protecting the virus."

Food also comes in packaging, so what about the claim that you can inadvertently pick up the virus by picking up containers?

The Food and Drug Administration reached the same conclusions, putting bluntly on its website, "there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with the transmission of COVID-19."

So both of these claims are FALSE. Just make sure you're cleaning and cooking your food properly.