FDA and OSHA Team Up to Publish Checklist to Assist Food Industry During COVID-19

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The brewing industry has had to quickly adjust to changes in how it operates to ensure continued safe operations during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Brewers are working to protect their employees and customers from COVID-19. They are also working to ensure the safety of the products they produce as they experience changes within their operations.

To assist the food industry as it navigates changes to operations related to COVID-19, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has teamed up with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to develop the “Employee Health and Food Safety Checklist for Human and Animal Food Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” The checklist pulls from existing guidance provided by the FDA, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and OSHA, and serves as a quick reference to help the food industry assess employee health, social distancing, and food safety within workplaces as operations may be impacted by COVID-19.

This checklist is not an exhaustive list of all measures human and animal food operations may take to protect employee health and food safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it can serve as a quick reference to identify areas where additional attention could be warranted. Operations should continue to refer to guidelines offered by their state and local government, as well as additional information provided by the FDA, CDC, and OSHA.

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