Sourcing Food: Your Options in the Wake of COVID-19
🕑8 min read
In areas of the US where COVID-19 is spreading quickly, people are faced with new concerns about their dining options.
Low inventory and long lines at grocery stores have caused many to start stockpiling shelf-stable items, causing disruption to supply chains and an increased demand for food delivery.
To avoid the risk of exposure in public settings, “contactless delivery” is being offered by food delivery companies. But what does “contactless” truly mean?
Suddenly, instead of asking “what’s for dinner?” we may have to start asking: “what’s safe for dinner?”
The 6 questions to consider when comparing your options:
Q: What is the best way to avoid COVID-19 exposure from crowds?
Why this matters: Coronaviruses are generally thought to spread by direct person-to-person contact through respiratory droplets. The best way to avoid exposure is to avoid contact with people who are sick.
Q: Is it truly “contactless” delivery?
Why this matters: If they are offered in your area, contactless options from restaurant delivery services still pose a risk for contamination.
Even though the virus is thought to have poor survivability on surfaces, the short timespan of the restaurant delivery process — from preparation to delivery to consumption — is not enough time to eliminate the exposure concern.
However, according the CDC, there is “very low risk of spread from food products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days … at ambient, refrigerated or frozen temperatures.”
Q: How do I limit surface contamination?
Why this matters: According to the CDC, it may be possible to be exposed to COVID-19 by touching a surface that has the virus on it. Preventive steps for sanitization are crucial.
When it comes to food delivery, the type of packaging your food arrives in matters.
Q: Which options follow a full HACCP Program?
Q: What if I am on a specialty diet or have food allergies?
Q: Can I get reliable delivery in my area?
Your health is our priority.
Now is the time to keep your immune system strong with the right nutrients. Our team is prepared to help.
As a leader in healthy meal delivery since 2009, the team at Metabolic Meals is fully prepared to SAFELY source, prepare and deliver meals nationwide.
Our high standards of food safety paired with our contactless delivery model provides a reliable solution.
Our Food Safety Promise:
All meals are made in our state-of-the-art production facility utilizing a full HACCP Program that includes:
- Multiple security points and monitoring systems
- Automated food equipment temperate monitoring (HACCP LOGGERS)
- Full recall/traceability program
- Plant Managers, Machine Operators, and Production Supervisors oversee and train critical control points and SOPs to all personnel to ensure consistent quality
Our meals are delivered via FedEx in temperature-controlled, insulated packaging and do not require a signature, for a completely contactless delivery.
Meals arrive fresh in sealed airtight packaging and last for 5 to 7 days. They can also be frozen for up to 90 days.