FDA says it’s ensuring food safety amid COVID-19
March 25, 2020 By Julie Harker Filed Under: News
The Food and Drug Administration says it’s taking steps to ensure that food and animal feed under its purview is safe.
The FDA says it has postponed routine surveillance
inspections of domestic human and animal food facilities and farms out of
concern for FDA investigators and state inspectors but will continue to inspect
“for cause” when a potential threat to public human or animal health is
FDA has also postponed most foreign inspections through
April because of restrictions on travel and concerns about the safety of
investigators, while STILL inspecting at ports of entry and using its
risk-based import screening tool, PREDICT.
For now, the agency will not enforce onsite audit
requirements for supplier verification under the FDA Food Safety Modernization
Also, FDA says there is no evidence of human or animal food or food packaging being associated with transmission of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
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