COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS): RESOURCES FROM THE NATIONAL CHICKEN COUNCIL
This COVID-19 (coronavirus) resources page from the National Chicken Council provides business and government information, top-tier media coverage, and answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19, as it pertains to the food and poultry industry. The information featured is for general consumers, as well as National Chicken Council members and food industry personnel. This page will be updated on an ongoing basis.
To see how NCC members are giving back, be sure to read this recent newsletter update.
The Latest COVID-19 Updates & Resources
NEW GOVERNMENT RESOURCES
- April 28, 2020 – USDA To Implement President Trump’s Executive Order On Meat and Poultry Processors
- April 27, 2020 – Interim Guidance from CDC and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration: Meat and Poultry Processing Workers and Employers
- April 24, 2020 – FDA: What to Do if You Have COVID-19 Confirmed Positive or Exposed Workers in Your Food Production, Storage, or Distribution Operations Regulated by FDA
- April 13, 2020 – United States Department of Labor, OSHA: Interim Enforcement Response Plan for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
- April 7, 2020 – World Health Organization (WHO): Webinar, COVID is not a foodborne virus
NEW BUSINESS RESOURCES
- May 11, 2020 – Hogan Lovells: COVID-19 Update: USDA Updates FAQs to Address President Trump’s Executive Order Invoking the Defense Protection Act for Meat and Poultry Processors
- May 11, 2020 – Hogan Lovells: COVID-19 Crisis Leadership Framework And Back-To-Work Index
- April 29, 2020 – Hogan Lovells: President Trump Issues Executive Order Invoking Defense Production Act for Meat and Poultry Processors
- April 27, 2020 – Hogan Lovells: COVID-19 Update: FDA Issues Guidance for Food and Agriculture Sector Businesses on the use of Masks and What to Do if a Worker is Exposed to or Tests Positive for COVID-19
- April 27, 2020 – Hogan Lovells: COVID-19 Update: CDC and OSHA Release Interim Guidance for Meat and Poultry Processing Workers and Employers
- April 21, 2020 – Hogan Lovells: OSHA Recommendations Regarding Facemask Use In the Workplace
- April 20, 2020 – Hogan Lovells: COVID-19 Update: CISA Updates Critical Infrastructure Workers Guidance to Provide Additional Recommendations for Government and Businesses and Clarify Scope of Food and Agriculture Sector
- April 17, 2020 – Perdue University, Center for Commercial Agriculture: Webinar – COVID-19’s Impacts on U.S. Food and Agriculture
Daily COVID-19 Issues Tracker & Top Tier Coverage
- According to national COVID-19 trackers, there are currently over 1.4 million cases of coronavirus confirmed by lab tests in all 50 states with over 89,504 deaths reported. Notable new cases include:
- In Florida, health officials reported 777 new coronavirus cases, adding the state’s testing also increased in the past week, according to a statement released Sunday. On Monday, the state will enter into its first full phase of reopening, which will allow restaurants, retail stores and gyms across Florida to reopen with certain restrictions.
- Notable new companies / organizations / states in favor of reopening the economy are:
- Apple released a blueprint for how it will reopen its stores once it is safe to do so. Customers will be required to submit to a temperature check and wear a mask before entering the store.
- The U.S. auto industry is slowly returning to life, with vehicle assembly plants scheduled to reopen on Monday and suppliers gearing up. General Motors Co, Ford Motor Co and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV all have been preparing for weeks to reopen their North American factories.
- While most states announced students would not return to class this academic year, a union representing nearly 1.7 million teachers has published guidance on how schools should safely reopen — when they do.
- Campground and restaurant owners are the latest business owners going to court to challenge the governor’s plan to reopen Maine’s economy.
- The plan to reopen Massachusetts is set to be announced Monday, detailing a four-phase approach to returning to “a new normal,” while the state continues to combat COVID-19.
- New states with restrictions to “non-essential” business or implementing “shelter-in-place” policies are:
- In some places, businesses, houses of worship and other organizations are refusing to reopen just yet. Several dozen pastors and faith leaders in Charlotte, N.C., declared they would not resume in-person services, even though a federal judge ruled on Thursday that such services could be held.
- New York City won’t permit swimming at its beaches over Memorial Day weekend and in the coming weeks to try to slow the spread of COVID-19, but the ban could be lifted later this summer, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday.
- Moderna Inc said on Monday its experimental COVID-19 vaccine produced antibodies that could “neutralize” COVID-19 in patients in a small early stage clinical trial, sending its shares up 25%.
- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday addressed the state’s early response to the coronavirus outbreak and said “nobody” should be prosecuted for the those who died, noting that “older people” were most vulnerable.
- Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell issued a grim warning about the U.S. economy’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic: The process could stretch through the end of 2021 — and may hinge on the completion of a successful vaccine.
- Many companies are facing a tough decision as Monday is the deadline to decide whether to return government loans.
- Uber is cutting 3,000 more jobs less than two weeks after an initial round of layoffs. In an email to employees Monday, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said Uber would also be shutting or consolidating 45 offices around the world and it is considering cuts to other businesses, like freight.
- According to global COVID-19 trackers and official counts, there are at least 4.7 million cases confirmed globally in over 177 countries with at least 315,089 deaths. Notable new cases include:
- Germany is facing the first major coronavirus outbreak in a refugee center near Cologne, where the authorities said that more than 70 residents had tested positive for the virus
- China’s leader, Xi Jinping, defended his country’s actions in a video address to the assembly on Monday. He also pledged $2 billion to help fund the global public health body, one month after President Trump halted U.S. funding for the agency.
- An Australian-led draft motion calling for an independent coronavirus inquiry is being supported by over 110 countries ahead of this week’s World Health Assembly,
- The mayor of Brazil’s largest city, São Paulo, has said its health system could collapse as demand grows for emergency beds to deal with coronavirus cases.
- Police cracked down on large anti-shutdown protests in cities across Germany over the weekend. Thousands of protesters took to the streets of the country’s largest cities — Stuttgart, Cologne, Munich, Frankfurt and Berlin — to voice their anger with government restrictions on public life.
- A UK coronavirus vaccine trial could deliver 30 million doses by September, according to the country’s Business Secretary Alok Sharma.
- Japan has fallen into a recession for the first time since 2015, as its already weakened economy was dragged down by the coronavirus’s impact on businesses at home and abroad.
- India recorded 5,242 new cases of Covid-19 in 24 hours — the country’s biggest single-day spike in confirmed infections.
- The World Bank estimates that global remittances will fall 20% in 2020 due to Covid-19 — cutting about $100 billion from a vital source of funds for the world’s poorest people.
- The head of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said there is still a “long road to travel” in the world’s response to Covid-19, with most countries showing a large portion of their population still uninfected.
- WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said his agency will facilitate an independent review of its response to the coronavirus outbreak.
- The New York Times: As States Reopen, Governors Balance Existing Risks With New Ones
- CNN: Governors perform balancing act to reopen US as nationwide Covid-19 death toll inches toward 90,000
- CNBC: Apple’s retail reopening plan: Temperature checks, mandatory masks and 25 stores to reopen this week
- Fox Business: US auto industry to begin reopening plants in recovery from pandemic
- Boston Herald: Ticker: TCI talks pushed into fall; Maine campgrounds sue over closures
- Mass Live: Gov. Charlie Baker to announce coronavirus reopening plan for Massachusetts today
- The Wall Street Journal: No Swimming at New York City Beaches as Summer Nears
- Fox Business: Moderna’s experimental coronavirus vaccine shows promise in early-stage study
- CBS News: Cuomo says no one should be prosecuted for coronavirus deaths in New York, including those in nursing homes
- CNBC: Coronavirus live updates: Market cheers positive vaccine news; WHO chief says ‘long road to travel’
- Fox Business: Fed’s Powell warns coronavirus recovery could stretch through end of 2021
- CNBC: WHO chief agrees to independent review of coronavirus response; warns majority of world still susceptible to virus
- The New York Times: China Defends Coronavirus Action at W.H.O. Meeting: Live Coverage
- Axios: Over 100 nations back Australia’s coronavirus probe call at WHO talks
- BBC: Coronavirus: Hospitals in Brazil’s São Paulo ‘near collapse’
- NPR: Germans Protest Shutdown Even After Easing Of Coronavirus Restrictions
- Fox News: UK coronavirus vaccine trial could deliver 30 million doses by September, government says
- CNN Business: ‘I can’t send money back home’: How a lifeline for the world’s poorest is being cut off due to Covid-19
- CNBC: Uber to cut 3,000 more jobs
Reopening the Economy/Response Plans
- CNN: Trump officials deflect blame for US death toll, escalate reopening push
- USA Today: Is day care safe during the coronavirus pandemic? It depends. Here are some guidelines.
- Fox Business: These governors get failing grades for coronavirus economic response: Stephen Moore
- Good Morning America: Shopping post-pandemic: Nike, Ulta Beauty, Gap and more prep to reopen with new safety measures
- The Washington Post: Big Tech was first to send workers home. Now it’s in no rush to bring them back.
- Axios: Fed chair: “There’s no limit” to coronavirus stimulus response
- Forbes: GOP Dictates Slow Timeline For Next Stimulus Bill —And Shifting Priorities For What Will Be Included In It
- The Washington Post: $500 billion Treasury fund meant for coronavirus relief has lent barely any money so far, oversight commission finds
- Forbes: SBA Issues PPP Loan Forgiveness Guidance, A Few New Rules: What You Need To Know Now
- The Hill: Mark Cuban says PPP failed, calls for millions of contact tracers to be hired
- CBS News: Stimulus checks: Some Social Security recipients to get checks starting today
- Fox News: Coronavirus vaccine might be available this year, but don’t ‘bank on it,’ Johns Hopkins expert says
- New York Post: Bill Gates-backed coronavirus testing program put on hold by the FDA
- Forbes: Why Moderna Is Clearly Pulling Ahead In The COVID Vaccine Race
- CBS News: Researchers creating groundbreaking COVID-19 vaccine trial
- CNBC: Morgan Stanley sees ‘millions of doses’ of coronavirus vaccine available by the fall
- The Washington Post: Major nursing home chain violated federal standards meant to stop spread of disease even after start of covid-19, records show
- The Wall Street Journal: What We Know About Coronavirus Tests, Treatment and Vaccines
Healthcare Official Guidance
- The Guardian: Former WHO board member warns world against coronavirus ‘vaccine nationalism’
- NPR: Businesses, Schools Draw On CDC’s Guidance To Reopen
- CNN: Senior CDC official rebukes White House trade adviser’s criticism as tensions escalate over reopening strategy
- Axios: Scoop: Trump leans toward keeping total cut to WHO funding
- CNBC: Federal government should help states, cities and hospitals recover from coronavirus, Gary Cohn says
- The Washington Post: Top Trump official says country safe to reopen as governors stress social distancing
- Forbes: Cuomo Said Most Coronavirus Cases Are From People Staying At Home—Public Health Experts Have A Few Ideas Why
- Fox News: Colorado Gov. Polis pushes back against CDC’s coronavirus death counts
- CNN: Newsom says California budget deficit is a direct result of Covid-19
- Fox News: De Blasio: NYC needs billions in federal aid or city economy ‘won’t come back’
- The Wall Street Journal: Cuomo Taps Private Advisers as Part of Coronavirus Response, Stirring Critics
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Stop COVID-19 Spread | Six Effective Steps to Stay Safe (video)
- Twitter (here)
- Facebook (here)
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Print Resources:
- Corona Virus Fact Sheet
- What you need to know
- What to do if you are sick
- Stop the spread of germs (poster)
- Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (poster)
- CDC Protect and Prepares Communities
- Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication Fact Sheet
- Situation Summary
- Resources for State, Local, Territorial and Tribal Health Departments including interim guidance for risk assessment and monitoring
- CDC in Action: Preparing Communities
- Global Locations with COVID-19
- Risk Assessment
- Critical Workers (Interim Guidance)
- CDC: Recommendations for Cloth Face Covers; How Wear a Cloth Face Covering
- Twitter (here)
- Facebook (here)
- Print Resources:
- United States Department of Agriculture
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration
- Coronavirus Emergency Preparedness and Response:
- New Updates
- Fast Facts
- FDA’s Role
- Medical Countermeasures
- Health Fraud
- Press and Statements
- Coronavirus Emergency Preparedness and Response:
- The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)
- The White House
- U.S. Federal Government (usa.gov)
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), U.S. Department of Labor
- 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Enforcement Guidance for Use of Respiratory Protection Equipment Certified under Standards of Other Countries or Jurisdictions During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic
- April 10, 2020 – OSHA: Enforcement Guidance for Recording Cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- Coronavirus information
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public including how to protect yourself and others from getting sick
- The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
- U.S. Trade Representative Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement (USTR)
- Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
- Information for Communities, Schools, and Businesses
- Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations – Community Facilities
- April 9, 2020 – CDC: Interim Guidance for Implementing Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to a Person with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19
- U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
- Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
- National Chicken Council
- April 13, 2020 – National Chicken Council, NCC Joins Advocating for Tax Relief for Essential Frontline Workers
- April 13, 2020 – National Chicken Council, NCC Requests Relief for Chicken Farmers Affected by COVID-19
- April 3, 2020 – Chicken Industry Gives Back
- April 3, 2020 – NCC Joins in Urging Congress to Support Food Industry Workers in Next Aid Package
- Hogan Lovells
- FDA Announces Temporary Flexibility Regarding Nutrition Labeling Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
- COVID-19 Update: Supplemental Update on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection is Considering Measures to Mitigate Cost to Importers during COVID-19 Pandemic
- COVID-19 Preparedness Considerations for the Food Industry
- COVID-19 Update: FDA and USDA Issue Guidance for Industry and Inspectors
- COVID-19 Update: Food & Agriculture Sector’s Critical Designation/Sample Letter for Employees
- COVID-19 webinar: U.S. employment considerations
- COVID-19 Update: FDA Issues Updated Guidance for Food Industry
- COVID-19 Webinar: U.S. employment considerations
- COVID-19 Update: CISA Updates Critical Infrastructure Workers Guidance and FD Issues Additional Guidance for Industry and the Public
- April 15, 2020 – Hogan Lovells: COVID-19 Update: FDA Updates Guidance on Food Supply, Social Distancing, and Employees Positive for COVID-19; USDA Updates Guidance on Inspection and Export Services, Food Safety, and PPE
- April 10, 2020 – Hogan Lovells: COVID-19 Update: FDA Issues Best PRactcices for Retail Food Establishments and Food Deliver; FSIS Issues Notice on Use of PPE by Inspectors
- April 3, 2020 – Hogan Lovells: FDA Issues Temporary Regarding Labeling of Shell Eggs Sold by Retail Establishments
- Wimberly, Lawson, Steckel, Schneider & Stine, P.C:
- Guidelines on Addressing the Coronavirus
- How to Comply with the COVID-19 Paid Leave and FMLA Provisions
- Complying with the April 2, 2020 Effective Date of the Coronavirus Act, State and Local Regulations, and Other Personnel Issues Related to COVID-19
- April 1, 2020 – Wimberly & Lawson: Employment Law Bulletin for April 2020
- April 6, 2020 – Wimberly & Lawson: Webinar – COVID-19: What Employers Need to Know
- IRI and 210 Analytics
- Inspire PR Group
- Food & Beverage Issue Alliance
- FMCSA, DOT
- April 13, 2020 – International Food Information Council Foundation (IFICF): Consumer Survey: COVID-19’s Impact on Food Purchasing, Eating Behaviors and Perceptions of Food Safety
- April 6, 2020 – Food and Beverage Issue Alliance: Proper Usage of Face Masks/Covering to Protect Against COVID-19
- April 2, 2020 – Food Industry Recommended Protocols When Employee/Visitor/Customer Tests Positive for COVID-19
- Marcom Accountants & Advisors
Questions & Answers on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
What is coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. There are many types of human coronaviruses, including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
Is meat and poultry inspection being affected by COVID-19?
USDA released a statement about Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS); highlights from the department include:
- Meat, poultry, and processed egg inspection services continue as normal.
- Planning for absenteeism is a part of normal FSIS operations and as such, FSIS is closely monitoring and tracking employee absenteeism to plan for and minimize impacts to operations.
- FSIS is also working to prioritize inspection at establishments based on local conditions and resources available.
- Yesterday, USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach and USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety Dr. Mindy Brashears issued a letter to stakeholders reassuring them that FSIS and AMS are rising to meet the challenges associated with COVID-19
Will there be food shortages?
There are no nationwide shortages of food, although in some cases the inventory of certain foods at your grocery store might be temporarily low before stores can restock. Food production and manufacturing are widely dispersed throughout the U.S. and there are currently no wide-spread disruptions reported in the supply chain.
Is COVID-19 transmitted by food products? Is COVID-19 a foodborne pathogen?
The CDC says “currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food.” USDA reports “There is no evidence at this time to suggest that the Coronavirus is a foodborne pathogen.” According to a statement from the FDA, “We are not aware of any reports at this time of human illnesses that suggest COVID-19 can be transmitted by food or food packaging.”
However, it is always important to follow good hygiene practices (i.e., wash hands and surfaces often, separate raw meat from other foods, cook to the right temperature, and refrigerate foods promptly) when handling or preparing foods.
For background and the most up-to-date information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Coronavirus Disease website: here.
Can I get sick with COVID-19 from touching food, the food packaging, or food contact surfaces, if the coronavirus was present on it?
Currently there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with transmission of COVID-19. Like other viruses, it is possible that the virus that causes COVID-19 can survive on surfaces or objects. For that reason, it is critical to follow the 4 key steps of food safety—clean, separate, cook, and chill.
Can I get COVID-19 from a food worker handling my food?
Currently, there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with transmission of COVID-19. However, the virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading from person-to-person in some communities in the U.S. The CDC recommends that if you are sick, stay home until you are better and no longer pose a risk of infecting others.
- Anyone handling, preparing and serving food should always follow safe food handling procedures, such as washing hands and surfaces often.
Should food workers who are ill stay home?
CDC recommends that employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants). Employees should notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick. We recommend that businesses review CDC’s interim guidance for businesses and employers for planning and responding to coronavirus disease. Also see the FDA’s Retail Food Protection: Employee Health and Personal Hygiene Handbook.
Should food facilities (grocery stores, manufacturing facilities, restaurants, etc.) perform any special cleaning or sanitation procedures for COVID-19?
CDC recommends routine cleaning of all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs. Use the cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas and follow the directions on the label. CDC does not recommend any additional disinfection beyond routine cleaning at this time.
- View the EPA-registered disinfectant products on the Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 list that have qualified under EPA’s emerging viral pathogen program for use against SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
- Restaurants and retail food establishments are regulated at the state and local level. State, local, and tribal regulators use the Food Code published by the FDA to develop or update their own food safety rules. Generally, FDA-regulated food manufacturers are required to maintain clean facilities, including, as appropriate, clean and sanitized food contact surfaces, and to have food safety plans in place. Food safety plans include a hazards analysis and risk-based preventive controls and include procedures for maintaining clean and sanitized facilities and food contact surfaces. See: FSMA Final Rule for Preventive Controls for Human Food.
Since restaurant workers and other service industry employees have ongoing contact with the public, are there any special precautions these workers should take to avoid becoming sick with a respiratory illness, such as wearing masks?
CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone with COVID-19 in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
- CDC recommends everyday preventive actions for everyone, including service industry workers and customers:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.