Guidance for the Food Industry:
Best Practices and Planning for
the Immediate Situation
March 17, 2020
Table of Contents
* Recommendations for Your Associates Page 3
* Recommendations for Helping your Customers Page 5
* Supply Chain Best Practices Page 6
* Food Safety Practices Page 7
* Additional Resources Page
As the food industry association, FMI works with and on behalf of the entire industry to advance a safer, healthier and more efficient consumer food supply chain. FMI brings together a wide range of members across the value chain - from retailers that sell to consumers, to producers that supply food and other products, as well as the wide variety of companies providing critical services - to amplify the collective work of the industry.
The coronavirus outbreak has already had a significant impact on the global economy, and countries throughout the world are in different stages of their mitigation efforts to slow down the spread of the virus. In the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health officials are recommending that individuals stock up on food and other necessary supplies, which has increased demand for grocers and product suppliers and highlighted the efficacy of our supply chain.
The purpose of this document is to provide best practices and operational guidance for the food industry on the scenarios and issues that are occurring today, just days after the president declared a national emergency. These short-term tips are designed to help address situations and concerns with your associates, your customers and the supply chain.