June 24, 2020
MWFPA is closely monitoring changing news about COVID-19 and has created a resource page to assist food manufacturers and supply chain partners.

The MWFPA COVID-19 Update is Underwritten by Alliant Energy

CHINA REQUESTS LETTER FROM FACILITIES WITH POSITIVES
 
As AFFI shared last week, public health officials in China have alleged, and since retracted, that the recent outbreak of COVID-19 in Beijing is linked to imported frozen salmon. AFFI issued this statement in response, and yesterday, CDC publicly reiterated the risk of getting COVID-19 from food is thought to be very low.

Unfortunately, the issue continues to escalate. The Chinese government has sent letters to nations exporting food to China seeking a commitment to halt exports from facilities in which a worker tested positive. The U.S. government is coordinating a response to the Chinese government that is expected to reference: lack of evidence of a connection between food, food packaging, and COVID; lack of evidence that food is a pathway for transmission of COVID; a reminder that China recognized the rigor and effectiveness of the US food safety system, and; China’s attempt to block food imports based on a non-existent connection between COVID and food likely violates commitments each country made in its Phase 1 trade agreement this spring.
 
If your company has received a letter or request for signing a commitment, AFFI recommends NOT signing the commitment. For further information contact the American Frozen Foods Institute .
 
Source: AFFI


ONE-FOURTH OF DAIRY FARMS HAVE RECEIVED CFAP PAYMENTS

USDA  last week noted  7,700 dairy producers have applied for and have received $337 million in Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) payments. Unsurprisingly, Wisconsin had the most farmers apply (1,741 farms) and also received the most funds at $79,913,261.40. In California, 339 farms applied and received $44,318,353.44 in funds. Interestingly, the average payment made to farms in Wisconsin was roughly $45,900, whereas the average payment made to California producers was $130,732. Obviously, this discrepancy is directly tied to a larger average herd size in California. (It’s important to note that these figures are solely for milk production.) Read More at Reuters

Source: MBS

AFFI ISSUES STATEMENT ON FROZEN FOOD AND THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS

While the origin of a cluster of coronavirus infections in Beijing, China, is unknown, some officials are suggesting the virus was present on chopping boards used to cut imported salmon. The speculation is also drawing a misleading conclusion that frozen foods can contribute to the spread of coronavirus. As the leading association representing the U.S. frozen food industry, AFFI issued this statement providing information on what we currently know regarding the science and spread of coronavirus.

Source: AFFI



AGRICULTURAL EMPLOYER COVID-19 CHECKLIST

The CDC released the Agricultural Employer Checklist for Creating a COVID-19 Assessment and Control Plan. This document is a companion piece to the recently released guidance for Agriculture Workers and Employers. Agricultural employers can use this checklist to create a COVID-19 assessment and control plan for applying specific preparation, prevention, and management measures to prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19. The checklist is divided into five sections: assessment, control plan, shared housing, transportation, and children.

Source: AFFI


ALLIANT ENERGY HELPS WISCONSIN'S DAIRY FARMS AND FAMILIES

In conjunction with National Dairy Month in June, Alliant Energy and its Foundation announced a $20,000 donation to two Wisconsin food banks that will benefit dairy farmers and communities throughout “America’s Dairyland.”

Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin and Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin will use the funds to purchase healthy dairy products from dairy producers in communities served by Alliant Energy. The food banks will then distribute the products to families in need.
These funds provide an economic boost to Wisconsin’s dairy farmers and dairy industry. The donation will allow farmers and producers to benefit financially from the purchase of the products and help to prevent wasted milk.

Dairy products are highly requested items at food banks. Due to the need to keep dairy products refrigerated, they are difficult to donate, stock and distribute. This $20,000 donation will allow the food banks to buy products when they are needed most to make sure they stay fresh. 


GRANTS FROM ALLIANT ENERGY SUPPORT COMMUNITIES


A total of 128 organizations in Wisconsin have received community grants of over $300,000 from Alliant Energy and its Foundation. These spring cycle grants are supporting over 60 different communities throughout Wisconsin.

“We know our nonprofit partners need our support now more than ever,” said Julie Bauer, Executive Director of the Alliant Energy Foundation. “In partnership with these organizations, we are supporting our customers and the communities we serve in creative ways and helping to make life better for others.”

The grants fund projects in four key areas: Helping Families, Education, Environment and Public Safety.

A full list of the 2020 grant recipients can be found at alliantenergy.com/energyforgood.

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