June 9, 2020

Industry Releases COVID-19 Guidance for Produce Operations

Western Growers, United Fresh and the American Frozen Food Institute have teamed up to develop COVID-19 guidance for produce operations.

This guidance document provides useful advice and recommendations to help farm owners and operators prepare for seasonal operations including onboarding of seasonal workers, field and facility procedures, and shared/communal housing and transportation to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Click here to access the industry guidance.

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released interim guidance to protect agriculture workers from COVID-19.

According to this guidance, agriculture work sites, shared worker housing, and shared worker transportation vehicles present unique challenges for preventing and controlling the spread of COVID-19. Consistent application of specific preparation, prevention, and management measures can help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Click here to access the CDC/OSHA guidance.

Based on these guidance documents, Western Growers is working to develop additional, industry-specific educational and training materials for our members. These resources will be available soon.

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