Updated: May 28, 2020
The FDA has published new guidance for human food establishments who may need to report a temporary closure or significant production reduction and may need FDA assistance during COVID-19. Read a summary in the Recommendations for Industry.
The GFSI community has worked hard to establish an industry-wide position that best serves the food and beverage industry and consumers during COVID-19. Read more on CPO-specific requirements for an extension for SQF, BRC Global Standards, and FSSC 22000.
The FDA continues to crack down on companies and fraudulent COVID-19 products. There is a preliminary injunction against Xephyr LLC, which distributed colloidal silver products as a prevention/cure against COVID-19. There are currently no cures, preventions, etc. for COVID-19.
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Reporting Temporary Closure or Requesting FDA Assistance
FDA has published new guidance for food establishments to voluntarily report COVID-19 temporary closure/significantly reduced production or request FDA assistance. The guidance, Reporting a Temporary Closure or Significantly Reduced Production by a Human Food Establishment and Requesting FDA Assistance During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, “provides a mechanism for FDA-regulated establishments (human food facilities and farms), to voluntarily notify the agency of temporary closures and significant reductions in operations, or to request assistance from FDA on issues that might affect continuity of their operations during the pandemic.”
FDA-regulated facilities are required to update their registrations within 60 days of certain operational changes, and the FDA may not be aware of firms that temporarily closed or need to close because of the pandemic. Additionally, FDA can provide assistance to facilities, such as information and guidance on worker safety, protective equipment for personnel, and facility sanitation, among others. To report or request assistance, visit o request assistance and/or report a closure or a reduction in operations, go to the FDA’s Food and Cosmetics Information Center.
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As of May 28, 2020 (16:25 ET), there are over 5,936,000 cases (>358,000 deaths) worldwide.
Due to the increasing number of cases in the United States, TAG will move from reporting counts per country to focus on the United States, please see here for the data. For further information regarding worldwide numbers, please refer to John Hopkin University’s aggregate map.
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