The spread of COVID-19 has revealed how globalized our world is today, from the pains of travel bans and widespread shortages of hand sanitizer to communal gathering spots centralizing in grocery stores.
For myself, I almost count down the days to go food shopping. When I finally get to the grocery store, I find more self-awareness than ever before. Previously, grocery shopping on an almost daily basis, for lack of a better word, was a sacred space to get both inspiration and nourishment. Today, the grocery store has become a point of tension as a major intersection point that needs extra controls. I stick to my list, keep a safe distance from other people, and mindfully touch only the food I will purchase, then return home as quickly as I made it to the store.
The fact is we cannot, and should not, totally escape meeting each other. Instead, we need to develop new habits.
The seemingly simple direction to wash your hands is quickly becoming one of the trusted solutions for slowing the spread of COVID-19. You can find viral videos of handwashing techniques using paint, children’s sing-along songs for washing, and clear guidelines in many grocery stores on techniques to limit exposure to each other.
Working in the food industry, this extra attention to handwashing and hygiene may seem self-evident, but experts today point that there is still a lot of education and reminders needed. Washing your hands, monitoring water temperatures, using gloves at certain times, and using sanitizer are some of the steps we take to prevent cross-contamination. Whether it is to prevent food-borne illnesses in food production or the spread of COVID-19 in the grocery store, hygiene is a topic that requires extra attention.
Hygiene, from washing our hands to extra attention while preparing food, will shape the way we interact, feed our families, and build strength to rebuild from this challenging time. Supporting food safety efforts ensures that people continue to nourish themselves and their families confidently. We all want to feed our families in comfort and safety. We, at QualiTru, are proud to support food producers across the world, and we take our role extremely seriously.
The Italian “Andrà tutto bene” translated to ‘everything will be alright’ is another running theme we see between countries. We will come out of this period with a better sense of commonalities between people and countries, as well as a greater appreciation for hygiene and the people who keep us fed, healthy, and safe.