Weekly News – May 25, 2020

Petition Seeks COVID-19 Testing, Reporting, Warnings for Meat and Poultry

According to Food Safety News, “A statement from the FSIS said the Physicians Committee request for testing meat and poultry for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 is being considered as a rulemaking petition without providing any scientific studies or other supportive information to show that it can be transmitted by food or food packaging. SARS-CoV-2 is a virus that causes COVID-19.”

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You’ve Got a COVID-19 Case in Your Food Processing Plant…Now What Do You Do?

According to Food Safety Magazine, one of the most asked questions has been “How Do We Keep Producing Food That Is Safe?” One key thing to remember is that “COVID-19 is a respiratory virus, and there has been no evidence to date that indicates that it could be transferred via food consumption.” Something to remember is that, if you have a worker that is sick with COVID-19, they, “could then be a source of contamination to other contact surfaces in your facility or to packaging materials.”

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Enforcing Food Safety Amid COVID-19

Food Logistics shares a podcast with, Nick Recht, Enterprise Product Manager at TEKLYNX, in it he discusses “food safety amid COVID-19, and how barcode labels and other labeling software can assist in improving the food safety side of a supply chain.”

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Magnolia Bakery Becomes First NYC Business to Install Human-Safe Far-UVC Light to Provide Continuous In-Store Sanitation

Food Safety Strategies reports “Magnolia Bakery has announced that it will become the first business in New York City to install human-safe Far-UVC light to provide continuous in-store sanitization to increase protection for staff and customers.” The “Healthe’s Cleanse Series is a suite of state-of-the-art, 24-hour round-the-clock, continuous sanitization products that utilize UVA, UVC and human-safe Far-UVC light to inactivate viruses and bacteria on surfaces and in the air.”

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