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.
Here are resources regarding coronavirus (COVID-19), social distancing, food safety, and reopening guidelines from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Interim Guidance from CDC and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Here are resources regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) and food safety from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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.
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.
The USDA and FDA announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to help prevent interruptions at FDA-regulated food facilities, including fruit and vegetable processing.
The guidance, based on President Donald Trump’s Opening Up America Again plan, places much focus on cleaning and disinfection practices.
U.S. meatpacking plants are gradually reopening after putting in place guidance from CDC and OSHA.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here is WHO’s interim guidance document regarding food safety and COVID-19 for food businesses.
Here is the European Commission’s COVID-19 and food safety FAQs.
Stacey Popham, Mike Cramer, and Sean Leighton share how their food safety roles and responsibilities have shifted amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Here are some industry-related instances of COVID-19 and how it's affecting meat and poultry plants and their teams.
Here are resources regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) and food safety from FSA.