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Apr 03, 2020

Food industry releases response guidelines for COVID-19 employees

Members of the Food and Beverage Issues Alliance have collaborated with the Food and Drug Administration on guidelines for food companies to follow if an employee or customer tests positive for COVID-19.

Apr 02, 2020

USDA seeks opinions on AMS grant process

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is conducting a survey about grants awarded through its Agricultural Marketing Service.

Mar 26, 2020

Western Growers: PACA should cover all claims during crisis

The fresh produce industry is facing unprecedented losses with the COVID-19 pandemic according to Western Growers, which is asking the USDA to cover all PACA claims to ensure produce sellers are fully protected.

Mar 20, 2020

United Fresh: 30-day payment terms ‘extremely’ important for PACA

With the uncertainty of the effects of COVID-19 on business, any company selling produce should not extend payment terms past 30 days, thereby waiving protections under the PACA Trust, according to United Fresh.

Mar 20, 2020

New inspections for Mexican tomatoes at border coming soon

The U.S. Department will start inspecting Mexican tomatoes entering the U.S. on April 4, as part of the suspension agreement with the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration.

Mar 19, 2020

FDA answers food safety questions regarding COVID-19

The Food and Drug Administration is addressing food safety concerns about the coronavirus COVID-19 through an extensive Q&A that cover

Mar 19, 2020

Ports of entry seeing more attempts to bring food into U.S.

The Customs and Border Protection is reminding members of the public traveling through ports of entry to be aware of what produce and other food is prohibited from crossing into the U.S. from Mexico.

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Mar 18, 2020

FDA stops enforcing onsite audits and testing of imported food

The Food and Drug Administration has suspended enforcement of verifying Food Safety Modernization Act audit requirements for importers and food facilities because of the coronavirus COVID-19 spread.

Mar 16, 2020

USDA: food safety, market news and other functions will continue

The USDA said its food safety and pest and plant disease divisions, along with the Agricultural Marketing Service, continue to function as the coronavirus COVID-19 spread.