Weekly News – April 27, 2020

Tracking Coronavirus Closures at Food and Beverage Factories

“From pork plants to snack factories, several food and beverage manufacturers across the country are forced to halt operations as COVID-19 spreads among their employees and communities.” “Food Dive is tracking the status of operations of major manufacturers’ plants as they navigate the pandemic.”

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Meat and Poultry Processing Workers and Employer

“Meat and poultry processing facilities are a component of the critical infrastructure within the Food and Agriculture Sector.” The CDC’s guidelines state that “critical infrastructure workers may be permitted to continue work following potential exposure to COVID-19, provided they remain asymptomatic and additional precautions are implemented to protect them and the community.” These facilities are devising plans, to continue operations, that coincide with “the state and local public health officials and occupational safety and health professionals” and stay within CDC guidelines.

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Retailers Face Consumer Safety Worries as Economies Reopen

According to Retail Grocer, “only 34% of U.S. consumers feel safe enough to shop inside stores now, according to the new “Deloitte Global State of the Consumer Tracker” survey report.” Even though there has been a shift in e-commerce sales, people still “need to eat and buy other products at retail stores, so those safety concerns” need to be addressed and reassure the public.

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