The impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has spanned across the various aspects of life globally . Understanding public reactions is vital for effective risk communication and outbreak control and prevention . The Arab world has diverse cultural, economic, and social structures, so public choices and decisions also vary . To investigate the changes in behavior related to food shopping and handling, precautions measures, and hygiene practices of the public during the pandemic, a web-based survey tool was developed and conducted on 1074 subjects in three Arab countries, Lebanon, Jordan, and Tunisia, using a snowball sampling technique . The results showed a significant reduction in RTE consumption during the pandemic, as shown in the 19.2% and 12.2% rise in the proportion of respondents not ordering hot and cold RTE food delivery, respectively . Compared to pre-COVID-19 times, a substantial increase in behaviors related to hygiene and disinfection practices (22.0% - 32.2 %) was observed with a lesser increase (11.2 %) in handwashing practices before food preparation . Moreover, public concerns about contracting COVID-19 from food led to almost doubling the number of Tunisians using cleaning agents for washing fresh fruits and vegetables (e.g., soaps, non-food grade chlorine bleach) besides a 16% and 26.1% increase in use among the Jordanian and Lebanese, respectively . However, a third of the respondents did not follow instructions on labels for the use of chemical products . In conclusion, this study identified culture-specific shortfalls in handwashing and unsafe food handling practices during COVID-19 in the Arab countries and sheds light on the paramount role of coordinated efforts between the local health authorities and the food safety and public health stakeholders in risk communication . To reduce health risks, there need to be rigorous educational campaigns and targeted messages that reach out to the general audience on hand hygiene, the health effects of haphazard use of unsafe chemical compounds on food, and recommendations on following label instructions.