Date: Apr 23, 2020
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are developing a wealth of resources to continually provide updates on their responses to COVID-19.

The CDC is now conducting private sector calls detailing what the CDC knows and what it is doing in response to the coronavirus outbreak. In last week’s call, CDC Deputy Director for the Infectious Diseases Jay Butler hosted a segment to cover what needs to be known about COVID-19, including questions about employers checking temperatures and upcoming guidance for food facilities. Click here for a recording of the April 20th call and here for a transcript of the call.

The CDC plans to host calls every Monday for the foreseeable future. Click here to register for the next CDC private sector call, which will be held on April 27, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PT (4:00 p.m. ET) with Butler and Dr. Kathleen Ethier (CDC's Co-Lead for the Community Intervention and At-Risk Task Force). They will provide a broad overview of CDC’s upcoming guidance and decision trees that can assist select industries with making decisions about re-opening. Butler will provide an update on what CDC knows at this point and what CDC is doing in response to this outbreak.

Additionally, the FDA is assuring the American public that the food supply is stable. FDA’s Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response Frank Yiannas has answered questions about the state of the U.S. food supply both now and beyond this public health crisis, in a recent conversation that is available here. It continues to update a “Food Safety and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions and Answers” digital resource which is available here.

For questions, contact Sonia Salas at (949) 885-2251.

WG Staff Contact

Sonia Salas
Assistant Vice President, Food Safety, Science & Technology
949-885-2251

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