Food Safety during COVID-19 Outbreak
The following information has been compiled for general public and for those who come under essential businesses in CT.
National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) has recently released information on what steps they are taking to keep Americans fed during the pandemic. From ensuring food safety to keeping farmers markets and other forms of community-supported agriculture operational; for more information:
10 things state departments of agriculture are doing to keep Americans fed during the pandemic
Food Safety News:
Recently, there have been coronavirus outbreaks in farmworkers across the country including Tennessee, New Jersey, and Oregon, among others. Although many local farmers have seen explosive growth, as people rush to farm stands and invest in CSA programs, one of the most affected personnel is migrant workers who are at high risk of infection. Please read the following article for more information on what measures other farms are taking during outbreaks and the challenges they are facing.
The federal government in the last two weeks has signaled its willingness to take over any part of the food industry that isn’t functioning properly to keep production flowing. Currently, the extended authority is being provided to “FDA-regulated food facilities, including fruit and vegetable processing.” Please read more about it here: https://www.foodsafetynews.com/2020/05/from-meat-to-fruits-and-vegetables-the-fight-to-prevent-food-shortages-moves-on/
State of Connecticut Department of Agriculture
Please find a survey for CT farmers, this information may be used to facilitate the Farmer toFamilies Foodbox Program, wholesale supply chains, and other COVID-19 response efforts. Please participate in the survey to help DoAg assess your needs for the upcoming months.
Respond here: https://bit.ly/CTFarmerSurvey
COVID-19 GUIDANCE on FOOD SAFETY for CONNECTICUT FARMERS
COVID-19 GUIDANCE for PICK-YOUR-OWN FARMS
COVID-19 GUIDANCE for CONNECTICUT FARMERS’ MARKETS
COVID-19 GUIDANCE for HANDLING BIRD AND BACKYARD FLOCKS
COVID-19 GUIDANCE and FACT SHEET for POULTRY BIOSECURITY
Moving forward, if you would like to reach me regarding questions on food safety or set up a virtual on-farm readiness review (OFRR – farm walk-in-interview prior to inspection with DoAg), please contact me at 860-786-8191 or email me at email@example.com.
- FDA has recently stated that food supply is safe among COVID-19 and there are no current disruptions in the supply chain. Consumers should be confident in the safety of their food. To read more about coronavirus impacting the food industry please visit .
- If you have questions such as
- How do I maintain social distancing in my food production/processing facility and food retail establishment where employees typically work within close distances?
- A worker in my food production/processing facility/farm has tested positive for COVID-19. What do I need to do to continue operations while protecting my other employees?
- As a consumer if you have questions such as
- Should I mist produce with a very diluted bleach solution (a teaspoon of bleach per gallon of water) and let it air dry before I eat it to avoid contracting COVID-1?
- Does cooking foods kill the virus that causes COVID-19? (Short answer- YES)
Since, it is believed that cooking can kill viruses, it is recommended that high-risk population (especially under current circumstances) such as immunocompromised hosts and seniors, avoid consumption of RAW produce.
Other food safety resources:
- For questions that food industry in other states (NY and neighboring) may have such as
- All of the information can be found at
- The American Farmland Trust’s Farmer Relief Fund will award farmers with cash grants of up to $1000 each to help them weather the current storm of market disruptions caused by the coronavirus crisis. Initially eligible applicants include any small and mid-sized direct-market producers.
As always, if you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. At UConn extension, we will try to answer your queries as soon as possible and keep you updated as we know more.
For more resources on COVID-19 and food safety, please visit: