USDA, FDA Strengthen U.S. Food Supply Chain Protections

May 21, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under Communication, COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce, Regulations

Last modified May 22, 2020

In a statement by the FDA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have been working tirelessly to support the U.S. food and agriculture sector so that Americans continue to have access to a safe and robust food supply during the COVID-19 pandemic. In carrying out Executive Order 13917, the USDA and FDA today announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to help prevent interruptions at FDA-regulated food facilities, including fruit and vegetable processing.

This is important as we approach peak harvesting seasons, when many fruits and vegetables grown across the U.S. are sent to be frozen or canned. As stated by Frank Yiannas, Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response, “We are extremely grateful to essential workers for everything they do every day to keep our pantries, refrigerators and freezers stocked. All of the food and agriculture sector — whether it is regulated by the USDA or FDA — are considered critical infrastructure, and it is vital for the public health that they continue to operate in accordance with guidelines from the CDC and OSHA regarding worker health and safety.”

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