COVID-19 Updates

SMA is diligently staying informed about Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Over the past few weeks, we have seen COVID-19 change livelihoods and businesses at a rapid pace.  SMA is staying in contact with FSIS officials and labor law professionals to assist our members in any way possible.  Below you will find documents that SMA sent electronically to members.



United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) COVID-19 information webpage

FSIS Notice 40-21 Proof of Vaccination Survey (Sept. 28, 2021)

FSIS Notice 34-21 FSIS Actions at Establishments That Do Not Follow Mask Requirements (Aug. 20, 2021)

FSIS Notice 22-21 Cloth Face Coverings, Disposable Face Masks, Disinfectant Wipes, and Hand Sanitizer for Employees Stationed at USDA and FSIS Facilities (Jun. 10, 2021)

USDA COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide

Labor Law

Department of Labor (DOL) COVID-19 information webpage

What Federal Contractors Need To Know About The Biden Administration’s Vaccine Mandate (Sept. 16, 2021)

Food Industry Recommended Protocols When Employee/Customer Tests Positive for COVID-19 (March 20, 2020)

COVID-19: Food Industry Update provided by OFW Law (March 19, 2020)

Coronavirus FAQs for Employers by Foley & Lardner LLP (updated March 6, 2020 and March 9, 2020)

Insight: Plan. Don’t Panic- 10 Things Employers Should Do To Deal With Coronavirus by Foley & Lardner LLP (March 10, 2020)

Medical Inquiries and Examinations Related to Coronavirus provided by David Barron & Debra Steiner Friedman of Cozen O’Connor


List N: Disinfectants for Use Against COVID-19 by EPA (updated July 6, 2021)


Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness

Disaster Loan Assistance: COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application for Small Businesses (Expires Nov. 30, 2023)

Defense Protection Act

Executive Order on Delegating Authority Under the DPA with Respect to Food Supply Chain Resources During the National Emergency Caused by the COVID-19 Outbreak Summary provided by OFW Law (April 29, 2020)


Center for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 information webpage

COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Toolkit for Essential Workers (Updated July 29, 2021)

Meat and Poultry Processing Facility Assessment Toolkit (Updated Nov. 30, 2020)


Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) COVID-19 information webpage

COVID-19 Resources (updated April 1, 2021)

Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace (OSHA’s Revised Guidance; Jan. 29, 2021)

COVID-19 Guidance on the Use of Cloth Face Coverings while Working Indoors in Hot and Humid Conditions

Employee Health and Food Safety Checklist for Human and Animal Food Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic (August 11, 2020)

Meat and Poultry Packing Industry Interim Guidance from CDC and OSHA Checklist (Version 2) provided by NAMI (May 6, 2020)

CDC and OSHA Interim Guidance: Meat and Poultry Processing Workers and Employers Summary by OFW Law (April 27, 2020)