The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently issued a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding the potential use of the Defense Production Act (DPA) with regard to FDA-regulated food. Importantly, USDA retains its DPA authority for products subject to FDA jurisdiction. The MOU, however, establishes that FDA will

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued two resources for retail food establishments that are reopening after closing or partially closing in response to COVID-19. The resources include a Food Safety Checklist with considerations for retail food establishments when restarting or resuming operations and an infographic identifying best practices for reopening during the

This post summarizes two recent documents the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued for the Food and Agriculture Sector in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The first, “Use of Respirators, Facemasks, and Cloth Face Coverings in the Food and Agriculture Sector During Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic,” is intended as a quick-reference guide on the

Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted on its website a conversation with FDA Deputy Commissioner for Food and Policy Response Frank Yiannas that addresses common questions concerning food availability and food safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Consistent with prior statements from FDA, Deputy Commissioner Yiannas reiterates that currently there are no food

In March, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued guidance documents, first revised on March 27, temporarily relaxing certain regulatory requirements for the production of alcohol-based hand sanitizers, to respond to the increased demand for hand sanitizer products during the novel coronavirus crisis. Yesterday, FDA issued additional minor updates to these documents. Notably, FDA provides

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently updated their respective questions and answers guidance to address questions or update their recommendations concerning food safety and COVID-19. FDA has supplemented its questions and answers guidance on topics regarding the food supply, social distancing, and responding to a worker who

This post summarizes the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Compliance Program Guidance Manual (CPGM) for food facilities subject to preventive controls and sanitary human food operation requirements. As an overview, FDA’s “Compliance Programs” provide instructions to FDA personnel for conducting activities to evaluate industry compliance with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA)

This post summarizes two recent steps by the federal government to provide food safety guidance in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. First, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a fact sheet and corresponding summary infographic on Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food Pick-Up and Delivery Services During the COVID-19

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released guidance regarding compliance with the shell Egg Safety Rule during the COVID-19 pandemic to facilitate the distribution of eggs to retail. The agency also updated its COVID-19 questions and answers guidance with additional information regarding this development, as well as its guidance providing flexibility for packaging

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently updated their respective COVID-19 questions and answers guidance. FDA updated its food safety questions and answers guidance on COVID-19 with additional information related to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) updated recommendations regarding the use of cloth face coverings.