Advice to Food Businesses and Community Groups

There is currently no evidence that food is a source of coronavirus (Covid-19) and it is very unlikely that it can be transmitted through the consumption of food.  The main transmission route of the virus is assumed to be direct human to human contact.

Advice can be found on the Food Standards Scotland Website (Opens in a new window or downloads a file).

Food Standards Scotland have updated their COVID-19 Guidance for Food Business Operators and Their Employees (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) on 14th July 2020.  If you have previously downloaded it please download the updated version.

Health Protection Scotland have issued information and guidance for non-healthcare settings, which would include all food premises.

Information and Guidance for Non-Healthcare Settings (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

Advice for Food Handling in Work Environment

  • Routine cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched objects and surfaces (e.g. door handles, tables).
  • Promoting hand hygiene by making sure that staff, contractors, service users and visitors have access to hand washing facilities and providing alcohol based hand rub in prominent places, Hand sanitiser gels should never be used as a substitute for hand washing when preparing or handling food.
  • Try to minimise direct hand contact with food by using tongs and utensils. Gloves can be used to minimise direct contact with food.  However, gloves can become contaminated with bacteria in the same way as hands, so are not a substitute for good personal hygiene and hand washing.
  • Ensuring any crockery and cutlery in shared kitchen areas is cleaned with warm general purpose detergent and dried thoroughly before being stored for re-use
  • Avoiding leaving food stuffs (e.g. crisps, open sandwiches) exposed and open for communal sharing unless individually wrapped.

Environmental Health are aware that businesses and groups are trying to adapt to this situation by preparing meals for takeaway and we would encourage you to alter your businesses food safety management system to take account of this.

Advice for all those handling food

If you have any queries, please contact us on
Tel:  01851 822 694
e-mail:  eh@cne-siar.gov.uk