Rumors vs Reality to Assess Food Safety Hazard during a Pandemic
2:45 PM - 3:30 PMThu
Benjamin L. England & Associates, LLC
COVID-19 has affected nearly every aspect of the food supply chain. Most recently, there are rumors and fears of the virus spreading through food contact and this has created panic in food facilities and markets worldwide. Senior attorney Ge Song, who works daily with international clients, will discuss the lessons learned and current environment related to the impact of COVID-19 on the food and seafood industry and international trade community
The FDA has stated that some countries efforts to restrict food exports are not consistent with what we know of the disease’s transmission. She will share FDA’s and USDA’s updated policy on food safety in response to these changes. In addition, she will disclose the position of related foreign regulatory bodies: the Chinese government’s response to the rumor and other international organizations, e.g. FAO. She will speak on how food and seafood importers should relate to new and evolving information regarding hazard in food safety. She will discuss which rumors, such at the spread of COVID-19 from an infected salmon cutting board in the Xinfadi market, are ones to pay attention too, and she will go over best practice and procedures to follow to remain compliant during this ever changing environment.