As the frozen food industry began to feel the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, AFFI immediately stepped into action to secure the frozen food supply chain as part of the critical infrastructure.
AFFI has created and compiled numerous resources to help keep frozen food companies informed to manage the spread and impact of COVID-19.
COVID-19 infections in the United States are on the rise again resulting from the highly contagious Delta variant.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has consistently recommended that unvaccinated people wear masks indoors. Given the evolving nature of the virus, CDC now recommends that fully vaccinated individuals also wear masks in public indoor spaces in regions of the country with high community transmission.
(CDC Guidance as of July 27, 2021)
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has issued a new guidance document to highlight additional measures that food businesses and the authorities regulating the sector can take to protect workers from person-to-person spread of COVID-19. The updated guidelines are to help ensure that the integrity of the food chain is maintained and adequate and safe food supplies are available for consumers.
(FAO Guidance as August 4, 2021)
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated their mask and physical distancing guidance for fully vaccinated individuals, raising many questions for food and beverage manufacturers. To help the food industry navigate the latest federal guidance on COVID-19 workplace operations, the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI), the American Bakers Association, along with …
Frequently Asked Questions
There are no reports of individuals contracting COVID-19 via consuming frozen foods or any food, or via handling packaging.
More than a dozen public health authorities from around the world, including the World Health Organization (WHO), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), along with leading food safety experts, all agree that there is no evidence of the spread of COVID-19 through consumption of food or food packaging, and no known cases of foodborne COVID-19.
The FDA and USDA issued this joint statement to underscore the current epidemiologic and scientific information indicating no transmission of COVID-19 through food or food packaging.
You can read more here.
AFFI is supporting the COVID-19 Vaccine Education and Equity Project to help educate the public on vaccines. The effort was created and is supported by much of the healthcare community. The group has resources available in English and Spanish that can be shared with your employees to help build confidence in the process and ultimately raise awareness around the importance of COVID-19 vaccination. For more information and to access the resources, click here. In addition, here are some additional resources to help educate your workforce about the benefits of vaccination:
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, restaurants and food manufacturers may have food not labeled for retail sale that they wish to sell at retail. The FDA and USDA released labeling flexibility guidance in April of 2020 to provide restaurants and other businesses with flexibility regarding nutrition labeling so that they can sell certain packaged food during the COVID-19 pandemic. Refer to the links below for more information.
- FDA Coronavirus Webpage and FAQ
- CDC Coronavirus Webpage and FAQ
- WHO Coronavirus Webpage and FAQ
- OSHA Coronavirus Webpage and FAQ
- EPA Coronavirus Webpage and FAQ
- DOL Coronavirus Webpage
- EEOC Coronavirus Webpage
- USA.gov Coronavirus Webpage
Cleaning & Disinfection
- CDC: Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations – Community Facilities
- EPA: Disinfectants for Use Against COVID-
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The voluntary industry guidance on this website (“Industry Guidance”) is based on recommendations received from a variety of sources, including federal agencies, state health authorities, and industry advisors. As recommended practices continue to evolve, guidance on these issues also may have been issued by federal agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the U.S. Department of Labor, state and local authorities, and others subsequent to the formulation of this Industry Guidance. For this reason, in addition to considering this Industry Guidance, readers are encouraged to review any and all updated guidance from either industry or governmental authorities, as well as any guidance that may be issued in the future, as it is expected that recommended practices will continue to evolve. Readers should also check this website for any updated versions of this Industry Guidance.
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