COVID-19 Update: FDA Deputy Commissioner Yiannas Issues PSA and FDA Updates COVID-19 Food Safety Guidance

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This memorandum summarizes recent actions the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. First, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response Frank Yiannas issued a food safety and supply public service announcement (PSA). The PSA states the U.S. food supply remains safe for both people and animals, and there is no evidence of human or animal food or food packaging being associated with transmission of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Deputy Commissioner Yiannas also reiterates that there currently are no nationwide shortages of food, despite local reports of shortages. Second, FDA has supplemented its food safety questions and answers guidance on COVID-19 to include Food and Beverage Issue Alliance (FBIA) suggested protocols among the resources available to industry for responding to COVID-19.

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