FDA Releases Best Practices for Retail Food Establishments During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

On April 9, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food Pick-Up and Delivery Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic to address considerations for the operation of retail food establishments during the COVID-19 pandemic. Together, the best practices, which the FDA released alongside a summary infographic, represent the most comprehensive resource provided by the FDA for food establishments seeking to safeguard both workers and consumers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, FDA’s best practices address the following:

  1. Managing employee health
  2. Personal hygiene for employees
  3. Managing operations in a food service establishment or retail food store
  4. Managing food pick-up and delivery

The information provided by FDA includes a multitude of references and links to guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), FDA, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

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