Every day we are learning new information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As schools, offices, and restaurants shut down in an effort to curb the virus’ spread, Americans are depending on the agriculture and food manufacturing and processing communities to keep their pantries stocked.
United States food and agriculture industries play a key role in fueling our nation and ensuring that Americans are supplied with an abundance of safe food during this time of need. The food supply chain remains solid and transportation is moving food to consumers as quickly and safely as possible.
In an effort to provide timely, useful information to our members and consumers, the Corn Refiners Association has developed this page to share resources from public health agencies to manage the spread and impact of COVID-19.
Can COVID-19 be transmitted through food or food packaging?
Coronaviruses are primarily spread person-to-person through respiratory droplets, according to multiple public health agencies around the world. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not consider Coronavirus to be a foodborne illness, but similar actions to prevent foodborne illness can be taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Most importantly: proper handwashing, frequent cleaning and sanitizing, and staying home when sick or caring for someone who is sick. Additionally, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has advised that there is no evidence to suggest food packaging is a potential source for transmission of COVID-19.
How is agriculture impacted by COVID-19?
America’s farmers and agriculture workers are working overtime to provide safe, quality food for people across the country during this pandemic. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers resources to consumers worried about food safety or access to food.
Where can I find up-to-date information on the spread of COVID-19?
The CDC has a page updated daily with new data on Coronavirus cases in the United States. You can also visit Johns Hopkins University’s interactive map which has a real-time tracker of cases worldwide.
Where can I find information on employee safety?
The CDC offers guidance to businesses and employers to help prevent workplace exposures to acute respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. The Department of Labor provides additional resources to help combat the virus’ spread.
What role does corn play in our medical supply chain?
Corn plays a vital role in manufacturing many healthcare items that are used to curb the spread of COVID-19. These products include:
Click here to learn more about the role corn plays across a wide range of innovative and vital products.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Small Business Administration
Food and Drug Administration
United States Department of Agriculture