Food Safety

ThinkFit’s meal prep and food storage bags help everyone on the front lines stay safe as distancing and longer shifts become the norm for the foreseeable future.

First responders, firefighters, nurses, police officers, doctors, essential service staff, paramedics, and healthcare workers from all over the country have been utilizing ThinkFit‘s meal prep and food safety products during this critical time:

“Your bags have been a lifesaver for our medics as we transition to the new normal. We originally purchased them to help our crew with health and wellness but now their utility has taken on a whole new meaning. Thank you again and wash your hands! :)
Nick Robben - Firefighter Medic/Personal Trainer - Fenton Fire District

“ThinkFit, Our hospital group is requiring us to stay in our offices when not on the hospital floor which means no congregating in the break room, etc. Your bags hold a good amount of food and stay cold for 12+ hours which is perfect for us to stay safe and bring healthy food to work for our long shifts. I’d like to discuss ordering bags for all of our essential staff. Thank you, Leslie O. - MD.”

"Hi I’m a firefighter and being that they changed our protocol due to this virus outbreak we now have to eat separated so we will all be meal prepping. I want to know if you offer discounts for first responders - we need your product now. Please let me know. Raymond Skop"

ThinkFit is committed to helping in any way possible and has reserved all on-hand and inbound wholesale inventory specifically for organizations supporting those who need it the most right now: our doctors, nurses, first responders, and support staff.

There are two major concerns ThinkFit addresses related to Coronavirus transmission and to food safety, health and wellness:

First, the transmission of the virus from contaminated surfaces such as shared kitchens, refrigerators, microwaves, and restaurant take-out packaging.

How long does the virus stay on contaminated surfaces?

A study funded by the NIAID and published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that SARS-CoV-2 can be detected in aerosols (airborne droplets less than five micrometers) for up to three hours, on copper for up to four hours, on cardboard for up to 24 hours, and on stainless steel or plastic for up to three days.

This means that if a delivery person, restaurant worker, or package handler infected with the virus coughs or sneezes on packages or envelopes, the virus can stay on those packages for up to a day, while plastic take-out containers or steel work surfaces can hold the virus for three days. The viral load on all surfaces will decrease logarithmically with time; that is, the number of virus particles decreases rapidly at the start, then slowly approaches zero over time.

According to Chapman, there is currently no consensus on the minimum viral load necessary for infection. Some scientists put the number as low as a single virion in ideal conditions.

So how do you stay safe in communal areas along with consuming restaurant carry-out or delivery food?

At work, this is tough but there is good news:

“There is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food,” according to the CDC. “It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.” If you wash your hands between touching the surface and your face, you’re good.

To reduce the risk of restaurant take out and delivery contamination:

Choose contactless delivery and opt out of utensils. After your delivery carrier has walked away, leave the outermost delivery bag on the doorstep (to throw away) if applicable, and carry just the containers inside to put on your counter.

Handle takeout or delivery packages with gloves, remove food from external packaging, then properly dispose of or recycle the packaging as well as the gloves.

Wash your hands and transfer the food from the containers to your own dishware. Wash your hands well again and eat with your own utensils. When you’re finished wash your dishes and wipe down your eating surface and counters.

If this is something you and your co-workers have time to do on a daily basis and/or have the resources on hand at your facilities to accomplish along with social distancing, that’s great. If these added steps and precautions don’t align with your current situation, there is still a simple solution available.

Bring your food to work with you.

Not only is preparing your own food healthier than constantly ordering from restaurants, it is also less expensive and less of an ordeal to consume safely.

To safely prepare, transport, and store your meals during a long shift, you need a meal prep system that supplies all the essentials. By utilizing the ThinkFit meal prep bag set you can avoid the break room, stay distanced, and eat safe and healthy meals without having to worry.

All ThinkFit Meal Prep Bags come with the following:

  • (2) 1.5 cup containers with clear lids (BPA Free, Dishwasher/Microwave/Freezer Safe)
  • (4) 2.5 cup containers with clear lids (BPA Free, Dishwasher/Microwave/Freezer Safe)
  • (2) Extra large reusable ice packs - keeps food safe for 12+ hours
  • (1) 23oz BPA free shaker cup with lid
  • (3) Storage containers that connect to the bottom of the cup for snacks or protein powder
  • (1) Stainless whisk attachment for the shaker cup
  • (1) Seven compartment push button vitamin and supplement pill box
  • (1) Adjustable padded shoulder strap
  • (2) Upgraded YKK zippers

Availability:

As of 3/31/20 we have bags in stock and ready to ship to your organization. Priority is being given to healthcare and first responder organizations such as hospitals, firehouses, and police stations.

If you or someone you know is interested in more details please contact us directly:

info@thinkfitlivefit.com
(314) 282-5123 - Direct

We are conveniently based in St. Louis and hope our bags will make this time a little easier for you and your co-workers.

Stay safe.
Dan Peskorse
Owner - ThinkFit