Food Safety

FDA issues temporary policy for receiving facilities, FSVP importers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued guidance March 17 to communicate FDA’s intention to temporarily not enforce supplier verification onsite audit requirements for receiving facilities and importers under the  FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in response to the... more »

FDA schedules briefing to provide COVID-19 update

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will host a stakeholder call today, March 18, at 3:45 p.m. EDT to discuss food safety and food supply questions related to the coronavirus (COVID-19). During the call,... more »

Monterey’s COVID shelter-in-place order exempts agriculture

Monterey County, one of the most productive specialty crop areas in the U.S., is exempting agricultural operations and related food businesses are being exempted from a shelter-in-place order. COVID-19,... more »

USDA speaks on COVID-19 food safety work

Top USDA officials March 16 addressed food safety issues related to the new coronavirus. COVID-19, which stands for coronavirus disease 2019, as of March 16 had been linked to... more »

Considerations for fruit, vegetable growers related to coronavirus

The current COVID-19 pandemic is a common concern and many are wondering what they can and should do. The information here is intended to help guide the fruit and vegetable farming community. If you have... more »

Purdue: Don’t fear eating your fruits, veggies as virus concerns grip nation

Modern supermarkets with their many open displays of fruits and vegetables are truly a marvel and a reminder that our nation enjoys the safest and most abundant food supply in the world. However, in the... more »

Farmers’ markets respond to COVID-19 with a number of approaches

As concerns about the spread of COVID-19 grow, farmers' market operators are wondering how best to respond. Markets are grappling with their role as public gatherings that are vital to food access for consumers and... more »

FDA updates status of foreign inspections amid COVID-19

The following announcement was made March 10. "Today, we are providing an update on the status of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspections outside of the U.S. in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. After careful consideration,... more »


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