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Food Safety in Light of COVID-19

Clint Thompson Alabama, Coronavirus, Florida, Food Safety, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina

With millions of American workers staying home to aid public health efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the security of America’s food supply is more important than ever before. It’s crucial that growers are taking the appropriate measures to ensure food safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of …

COVID-19 Guidelines for Agricultural Operations

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Food Safety, Georgia, Top Posts

By Laurel L Dunn for UGA CAES Newswire Farmers and food processors take routine steps to reduce the likelihood of foodborne pathogens, like Salmonella and E. coli, contacting our food and causing illness. The procedures that our food industry takes on a daily basis are also effective in reducing the chances that the coronavirus responsible for COVID-19 will come in …

Food Safety a Top Priority in Alabama Produce Industry

Clint Thompson Alabama, Food Safety, Fruit, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Katie Nichols, Communications Specialist/Alabama Cooperative Extension System AUBURN University, Ala. – With Alabama’s growing season in full swing, produce growers are working to ensure continuing food safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. The CDC, USDA and FDA agree that there is no indication the virus can infect consumers through food or food packaging. Good Agricultural Practices Alabama Extension food safety …

Peach Crew Safety a Concern for Farmers During COVID-19

Clint Thompson Alabama, Food Safety, Georgia, Peaches, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson Jeff Cook, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources agent for Peach and Taylor counties, says the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has forced peach producers and farming operations to take extra precautions when protecting their crews from becoming sick. “They have separate crews so they’re trying to keep the crews a little more separated this year. …

COVID-19 and Food Safety: Fact and Fiction for Food Production

Clint Thompson Florida, Food Safety, Top Posts

By: Ruth Borger, University of Florida LAKE ALFRED, Fla. — Consumers are being bombarded with tips for what to do with their groceries during the coronavirus crisis. Leave them in the garage for three days? Wash the produce with soapy water? Wipe all packaging down with disinfectant wipes? Listen to the science, say University of Florida Institute of Food and …

Here’s Some Tips on Handling COVID-19 on Produce Farms and in Packinghouses

Clint Thompson Food Safety, Fruit, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Laurel Dunn (UGA CAES News) While there is no evidence that the COVID-19 virus is a food safety concern, it is a worker health concern as it spreads via close person-to-person contact or by contact with contaminated surfaces. Food does not appear to be a likely cause of COVID-19 transmission, but many of the same practices used to prevent …

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UGA Extension Food Safety Specialist Addresses Issues Surrounding COVID-19

Clint Thompson Food Safety, Georgia, Top Posts

As COVID-19 continues to impact and alter the southeastern produce industry and world, there is an increase in questions from growers, packers, and shippers of fresh produce. Some issues that have surfaced this week include: How can the 6-foot rule apply to harvest and packing crews? What do I do when employee housing meets US DOL guidelines but employees are …

Heroes in our Food System COVID-19 Pandemic

Clint Thompson Alabama, Food Safety, Top Posts

By Kristin Woods, Alabama Extension With Alabama’s production season getting into full swing, it is important to know that our growers and industry leaders are making sure that safety is not affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Because COVID-19 is a respiratory disease, there is no indication that it is infectious through food or food packaging. The highly trained food system …