The Covid virus can reside on some ready-to-eat groceries for days, UK experts have confirmed. Scientists carried out tests for the Food Standards Agency (FSA), purposely smearing the virus on to packaging and food products, including fruit, pastries and bottled drinks. They chose items that people might put in their mouth without cooking or washing.
The virus appears to last longer on produce with uneven surfaces - such as broccoli and raspberries more than on smooth skinned ones, such as apples (although some chilled fresh peppers had detectable virus a week later). Smooth, loose mushrooms should hopefully be less susceptible to any viral clinginess.
But the usual caveats apply! - Be safe - wash hands and cook your produce.