But if cash payments are necessary, it is best to prepare the exact amount that will be handed to the courier.
With home deliveries now more common amid the new normal, families are reminded not to let kids interact with delivery men to protect them from risks of contracting Covid-19, authorities said in a safety campaign.
The Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (Adafsa) has been running a social media campaign to educate residents on proper food preparation and the precautions that must be taken when ordering online, especially amid the pandemic.
In its recent advice on handling home deliveries, the authority added that the exchange of cash should be limited as much as possible. Electronic payments are highly encouraged. But if cash payments are necessary, it is best to prepare the exact amount that will be handed to the courier, Adafsa said.
Residents who prefer to buy groceries from supermarkets are urged to make sure that they have a list of things to buy before heading out to limit the time they spend in stores, it added. “Consumers should ensure that they finish shopping quickly and leave the store as soon as they are done,” said officials.
In May this year, Adafsa, in cooperation with the International Food Safety Authorities Network, issued a document detailing guidelines on preventing the spread of Covid-19 at food outlets.
The document aims at helping food businesses, workers and consumers prevent the risk of exposure to Covid-19. It also seeks to strengthen food hygiene practices in the emirate.
Adafsa has urged the public to read the document published on its website (www.adafsa.gov.ae) to stay informed. Warning residents about food-related rumours on social media, the authority reiterated that information must be obtained only from reliable sources.
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