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Food Safety and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The following are resources available to industry members and consumers on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and food safety.

For additional information, visit FDA's Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) main page.

Have a closures or reduction in operations?

Food facilities and farms can report a closure or a reduction in operations and/or request assistance for a human food establishment regulated by the FDA, excluding restaurant, retail food establishments, and animal food operations. Read the full guidance for additional information.

Report Closure/Reduction
and/or Request Assistance

Questions & Answers for Industry

This section was last updated on June 30, 2021. For the most current information, please visit the FDA’s Coronavirus 19 (COVID-19) homepage and the CDC’s COVID-19 homepage.

See Animal Food Safety and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) for information related to animal food.

Food Supply Chain

Social Distancing, Disinfecting & Other Precautions

Temporary Policy

Workers Testing Positive


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