COVID-19 Resource Hub

A central hub for information relating to COVID-19

How We Are Addressing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

As we grapple with these unprecedented circumstances, our team would like you to know that we are taking the COVID-19 outbreak very seriously. The safety of our customers and consumers is our top priority, which is why it remains our primary focus to provide services to our customers to help ensure a safe food supply. We know you may have questions regarding next steps; we will do our best to help.

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Coronavirus Guidance for Food Facilities

In the wake of the current COVID-19 virus outbreak and response measures being implemented globally, Safe Food Alliance felt it was important to do our part in supporting the food industry. We hope we can provide appropriate and practical guidance for you to consider when implementing practices in your facility to help protect our food and ensure business continuity.

Coronavirus Quick Reference

COVID-19 - Food Industry Questions and Answers

Coronavirus is a respiratory virus spread through respiratory droplets. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not consider COVID-19 to be a foodborne illness, but similar actions to prevent foodborne illness can be taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The most important actions to take include proper handwashing using soap and water and scrubbing for at least 20 seconds, frequent cleaning and sanitation of touch points and staying home when sick or caring for someone who is sick.

- Food Marketing Institute

Coronavirus is a respiratory virus spread through respiratory droplets. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not consider COVID-19 to be a foodborne illness, but similar actions to prevent foodborne illness can be taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The most important actions to take include proper handwashing using soap and water and scrubbing for at least 20 seconds, frequent cleaning and sanitation of touch points and staying home when sick or caring for someone who is sick.

- Food Marketing Institute

"Food retailers and product suppliers are unique in that they both serve and employ so many of their consumers in neighborhoods. If a worker is sick, their health is the priority.

Many companies have deployed new emergency leave policies for their workers in affected areas. Related, the major insurance providers have extended the request from the White House to alleviate cost burdens related to COVID-19 visits."

-Food Marketing Institute

"Yes, in a guidance issued by Department of Homeland Security on March 19 Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure workforce: Ensuring Community and National Resilience in COVID-19, workers in the Food and Agriculture sector – agricultural production, food processing, distribution, retail and food service and allied industries – are named as essential critical infrastructure workers. Promoting the ability of our workers within the food and agriculture industry to continue to work during periods of community restrictions, social distances, and closure orders, among others, is crucial to community continuity and community resilience."

-FDA

"If you are experiencing issues regarding your supply chain, delivery of goods, or business continuity, please contact the FEMA National Business Emergency Operations Center at NBEOC@fema.dhs.gov.  This is a 24/7 operation and they can assist in directing your inquiry to the proper contact."

-FDA

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