The Food Standards Agency has now collated guidance for food businesses operating during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Advice is provided to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely in the food sector. This follows the publication of the government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy and complements wider business guidance published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
Their website pulls together information for food manufacturers, restaurants and takeaways and the farming and agriculture sectors. The guidance covers a range of areas, including social distancing, cleaning and staff training. It outlines the hygiene processes and requirements food businesses must follow as they develop new ways of working.
Their advice is clear that it remains very unlikely that people can catch COVID-19 from food. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness and not known to be transmitted by exposure to food or food packaging. We are continuing to work closely with industry and other partners to ensure the UK food supply remains safe, and we are very grateful for the collaboration and engagement over recent weeks.