Updated October 8, 2020, 4:52 p.m
For Assistance or Questions
If you have specific questions around the response of food processing or food safety to COVID-19, please reach out to our experts:
Donald Schaffner, PhD
Extension Specialist in Food Science
Rutgers University – Food Science Department
Associate Director: Food Safety, Quality Assurance & Training
Rutgers University – Food Innovation Center
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Other University Resources
North Carolina State Extension for Retail Food Environment and Farms
General Information & Resources
CDC COVID-19 website (many resources: basic information about COVID-19, including how it spreads; situation updates; information for specific audiences: communities, schools, businesses, healthcare professions, health departments, travel, laboratories)
FDA COVID-19 website (continuously updated)
LSU NCBRT/ACE has created a 6-minute video, “CDC Sequence for Donning and Doffing PPE,” that walks viewers step-by-step through the guidelines prescribed by the CDC for donning and doffing a gown, mask/respirator, face shield, and gloves.
Viewers may watch the video directly on YouTube or complete the Request Form below to receive a downloadable copy of the video to share in your organization.
YouTube video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xy00pLT9M4&feature=youtu.be
Downloadable video Request Form link: https://ncbrt.formstack.com/forms/covid19_cdc_ppe_video
You may also find all COVID-19 related training material at: https://www.ncbrt.lsu.edu/
Getting Your Workplace Ready for COVID-19 (World Health Organization)
Resources and News for NJ Food Industry Employees and Businesses
6/1/2020 Buy NJ – Support Local Businesses
5/31/2020 CDC Resuming Business Toolkit
An extensive compilation of NJ resources and guidelines by NJ Food Council
Department of Labor and Workforce Development
NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development – Division of Unemployment Insurance
Food Industry Job Postings
AIB Business Solutions for COVID-19: Checklists, Webinars, and more
COVID-19 Resources for the Food Industry (The Acheson Group)
Coronavirus: Fresh Produce Industry Resources (United Fresh Produce Association)
Coronavirus Resources (Food Marketing Institute), includes: Preparedness Checklist; Coronavirus and Pandemic Preparedness for the Food Industry (member only resource; includes recommendations for supporting consumers, associates, human resources, retail stores, distribution centers/transportation, product suppliers, and interacting with the media).
FDA COVID-19 website: Food Safety and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
FDA: Guidance for Industry: Temporary Policy Regarding Preventive Controls and FSVP Food Supplier Verification Onsite Audit Requirements During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
FDA has added food-specific FAQs to its website (continuously updated site),
4/14/2020 Summer Fancy Food Show is Cancelled
CDC Emerging Infectious Diseases (Journal): Detection of Novel Coronavirus by RT-PCR in Stool Specimen from Asymptomatic Child, China; discusses the ability to detect COVID-19
Food Safety Magazine: Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and Food Safety: A Time for Facts, Not Panic
Food and Environmental Virology (Journal): Survival of Respiratory Viruses on Fresh Produce
For older articles on COVID-19 response, please see our archived articles on this topic.