As part of the COVID-19 “lockdown measures” in Dubai, all dine-in restaurants, cafés, and food establishments were temporarily closed as of 25 March 2020. As from 24 April 2020, the Dubai government began the process of easing certain lockdown measures. This facilitated the reopening of food establishments, subject to certain restrictions. This alert provides an

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently provided an update regarding its plans for conducting routine surveillance inspections of domestic and foreign facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. FDA announced in March that it would temporarily postpone foreign and domestic inspections, with the exception of certain “mission-critical” inspections, as identified on a case-by-case basis. In

On April 21, 2020, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (Chipotle) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) entered into a three-year deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) in connection with norovirus and Clostridium perfringens outbreaks that occurred between August 2015 and July 2018. Chipotle agreed to pay $25 million in criminal fines and implement a number of systematic

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a Constituent Update announcing the Agency temporarily is exercising enforcement discretion to provide labeling flexibilities for redirecting to retail meat and poultry products originally intended for food service. Importantly, FSIS’s enforcement discretion applies only to food that already has been produced. FSIS

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis continues to present new questions and challenges, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to update its website to provide additional information and guidance to the food industry. Since FDA initially issued guidance last week, the agency has supplemented this guidance with six additional questions and answers concerning

In our memo of March 19, we summarized federal government policy identifying the Food and Agriculture and Transportation industries as two of the nation’s 16 Critical Infrastructure Sectors. In The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America, the government emphasizes that “If you work in a critical infrastructure industry . . . such as . .

Late yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that due to the COVID-19 pandemic the agency has temporarily postponed all domestic routine surveillance facility inspections.

This announcement is not limited to the food industry, but the impacts for the food industry are the focus of this memorandum. FDA is taking this action for

As the novel coronavirus crisis continues to escalate, state and local governments have begun implementing increasingly aggressive measures, including restrictions on when and which businesses may operate, quarantines, curfews, and lockdowns. Some measures have been tailored to accommodate the continued operation of the food sector, while others are more general. These restrictions risk creating confusion

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has continued to escalate, both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have taken additional action to provide industry, the public, and inspectors with guidance concerning food safety and how to respond in the event that food industry personnel test positive for

As you likely know, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are closely monitoring the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), a respiratory disease that has been declared a public health emergency. At this time there have been no reported concerns of COVID-19 transmission via food