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Expanding Food Safety Protocols in an Evolving Landscape of COVID-19



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Authored by Joell Eifert, Extension Specialist and Director Food Innovations Program, Department of Food Science and Technology, Virginia Tech; Rob Williams, Professor and Extension Food Microbiologist Specialist, Department of Food Science and Technology, Virginia Tech; Amber Vallotton, Extension Specialist and Fresh Produce Food Safety Team Coordinator, School of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech; Melissa Chase, Extension Consumer Food Safety Specialist, Department of Food Science and Technology, Virginia Tech; and Laura Strawn, Associate Professor and Extension Produce Safety Specialist, Department Food Science and Technology, Virginia Tech.

This publication is available in a PDF file format only.

On April 9, 2020, a webinar was presented on how the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV2, impacts food safety practices along the farm to fork continuum, focusing primarily on production and processing practices (Chase et al., 2020a,b,c,d). This factsheet provides answers to questions discussed and posed during the webinar. We will briefly look at what we know about SARS-CoV2 behavior, such as how it is transmitted, its viability, its inactivation, and then provide recommendations for food-based businesses.

More COVID-19 resources can be found at COVID-19.

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Publication Date

May 28, 2020