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COVID-19

May 29, 2020
FDA Temporarily Eases Food Labeling Requirements During Pandemic
FDA Temporarily Eases Food Labeling Requirements During Pandemic

The goal is to provide regulatory flexibility, where appropriate, to help minimize the impact of supply chain disruptions on product availability associated with the current COVID-19 pandemic.

May 28, 2020
Resource: U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Resource: U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Here are resources regarding coronavirus (COVID-19), social distancing, food safety, and reopening guidelines from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

May 28, 2020
Resource: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Resource: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Interim Guidance from CDC and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

May 22, 2020
Resource: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Resource: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Here are resources regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) and food safety from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

May 22, 2020
FDA and USDA Share Tips for Food and Agriculture Businesses in Need of PPE, Disinfectants, and Sanitation Supplies
FDA and USDA Share Tips for Food and Agriculture Businesses in Need of PPE, Disinfectants, and Sanitation Supplies

The recommendations address shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE), cloth face coverings, disinfectants, and sanitation supplies in the food and agriculture industry in order to help maintain employee safety, continuity of the food supply, food safety, and employee/consumer confidence.

May 21, 2020
CDC Releases Interim Guidance for Businesses Reopening Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
CDC Releases Interim Guidance for Businesses Reopening Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The document serves as a guide to help each industry operate safely as all 50 states have begun at least partially relaxing stay-at-home orders and allowing some businesses to reopen.

May 20, 2020
USDA, FDA Strengthen U.S. Food Supply Chain Protections
USDA, FDA Strengthen U.S. Food Supply Chain Protections

The USDA and FDA announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to help prevent interruptions at FDA-regulated food facilities, including fruit and vegetable processing.

 

May 18, 2020
Guidance and Best Practices for Restaurants Operating Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Guidance and Best Practices for Restaurants Operating Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The guidance, based on President Donald Trump’s Opening Up America Again plan, places much focus on cleaning and disinfection practices.

 

May 11, 2020
America’s Meatpacking Facilities Practicing Safe Reopening to Ensure a Stable Food Supply
America’s Meatpacking Facilities Practicing Safe Reopening to Ensure a Stable Food Supply

U.S. meatpacking plants are gradually reopening after putting in place guidance from CDC and OSHA.

 

May 6, 2020
Agriculture Secretary Pens Letters to U.S. Governors and Major Meat & Poultry Companies
Agriculture Secretary Pens Letters to U.S. Governors and Major Meat & Poultry Companies

One of the letters directs meat and poultry processing plants that are currently closed and have no clear timetable for resuming operations to submit written documentation of their protocol to USDA.

April 28, 2020
Missouri Smithfield Plant Sued for Unsafe, Unsanitary Working Conditions Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Missouri Smithfield Plant Sued for Unsafe, Unsanitary Working Conditions Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Workers at a Smithfield Foods plant Milan, MO, have filed a lawsuit to “secure basic protective equipment and protocol changes that will stop the spread of COVID-19 in the plant and surrounding community.”

April 28, 2020
Ep. 70. Auburn Univ. Experts: COVID’s Effect on U.S. Meat Industry
Ep. 70. Auburn Univ. Experts: COVID’s Effect on U.S. Meat Industry

A group of food defense and meat science experts from Auburn University discuss COVID-19 and its implications within the U.S. food supply system.

April 27, 2020
CDC Publishes New Guidance for Meat and Poultry Industry
CDC Publishes New Guidance for Meat and Poultry Industry

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have issued new guidance for the meat and poultry industry that advises creating a COVID-19 assessment and control plan.

April 24, 2020
CDC Issues Long List of Recommendations to Smithfield Foods Plant Plagued by COVID-19 Infections
CDC Issues Long List of Recommendations to Smithfield Foods Plant Plagued by COVID-19 Infections

CDC says the recommendations are steps that Smithfield Foods may want to consider implementing to address the conditions identified at the plant. The recommendations are discretionary and not required or mandated by CDC.

April 17, 2020
FDA’s Perspective on Food Safety and Availability During and Beyond COVID-19
FDA’s Perspective on Food Safety and Availability During and Beyond COVID-19

Frank Yiannas, FDA’s Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response, answers questions about the state of the U.S. food supply, both now and beyond this public health crisis.

April 15, 2020
Resource: World Health Organization
Resource: World Health Organization

Here is WHO’s interim guidance document regarding food safety and COVID-19 for food businesses.

April 15, 2020
Resource: European Commission
Resource: European Commission

Here is the European Commission’s COVID-19 and food safety FAQs.

April 14, 2020
Ep. 69. Popham, Cramer, Leighton: Prioritizing food safety during COVID-19
Ep. 69. Popham, Cramer, Leighton: Prioritizing food safety during COVID-19

Stacey Popham, Mike Cramer, and Sean Leighton share how their food safety roles and responsibilities have shifted amid the coronavirus pandemic.

 

April 10, 2020
COVID-19 Hits U.S. Meat and Poultry Plants
COVID-19 Hits U.S. Meat and Poultry Plants

Here are some industry-related instances of COVID-19 and how it's affecting meat and poultry plants and their teams.

April 9, 2020
Resource: Food Standards Agency
Resource: Food Standards Agency

Here are resources regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) and food safety from FSA.

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