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.

 

Resources

COVID-19 Vaccination

COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Toolkit for Essential Workers (Updated Jan. 21, 2021)

Labor Law

Paycheck Protection Program

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Information Sheet: Borrowers provided by OFW Law (April, 7, 2020)

Treasury/SBA Assistance for Small Businesses Summary provided by OFW Law (March 31, 2020)

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

Family First Coronavirus Response Act Summary provided by David Barron of Cozen O’Connor (Effective April 2, 2020)

New Federal Paid Sick Leave Law and What It Means For Employers provided by Cozen O’Connor

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

Food Safety

COVID-19: Food Industry Update provided by OFW Law (May 29, 2020)

COVID-19: Food Industry Call Summary provided by OFW Law (May 1, 2020)

COVID-19: Food Industry Call Summary provided by OFW Law (April 24, 2020)

COVID-19 FSIS Industry Call Summary provided by OFW Law (April 22, 2020)

COVID-19: FSIS Industry Call Summary provided by OFW Law (April 15, 2020)

COVID-19: Food Industry Update provided by OFW Law (April 10, 2020)

FSIS Notice 19-20: Use of Protective Face Coverings to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19

Food Safety and the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Update provided by OFW Law (April 8, 2020)

COVID-19: Food Industry Update provided by OFW Law (April 3, 2020)

COVID-19: Food Industry Update provided by OFW Law (March 27, 2020)

COVID-19 Update: Worker Health, Absenteeism Present Largest Risks to U.S. Food Supply Chain (March 15, 2020)

Inspection Personnel

Notice to USDA Employees About Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19 (April 4, 2020)

COVID-19: Food Industry Update provided by OFW Law (March 27, 2020)

USDA Guidance on COVID-19 Health Questionnaires provided by Dr. Philip Bronstein, Assistant Administrator USDA/FSIS (March 20, 2020)

USDA Resources

DHA and USDA Move to Protect American Farmers and Ensured Continued Flow of America’s Food Supply (April 15, 2020)

USDA COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide

National Association of Manufacturers Supply Chain Teleconference with USDA Summary (April 10, 2020)

Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) 

How to Become a USDA Food Vendor

USDA Food Box Distribution Program  (Updated Mar. 8, 2021)

PRIME Act

H.R. 2859 Processing Revival and Intrastate Meat Exemption Act (PRIME Act) Introduced in House on May 21, 2019

FSIS Leadership- Stakeholder Call Regarding Waiving Inspection Requirement summarized by OFW Law (May 13, 2020)

Labeling

Retail Sale of Foods Labeled for Foodservice and Postponement of Compliance Date for Revised Nutrition/Supplement Facts Panel Provided by OFW Law

COVID-19: Food Industry Update provided by OFW Law (March 27, 2020)

FSIS Constituent Update- Temporary Allowances for Labels Going to Retail 

Transportation

Expanded Emergency Declaration Under 48 CFR § 390.23 No. 2020-002 (Relating to COVID-19) provided by FMCSA (April 9, 2020)

U.S. Department of Transportation Emergency Declaration Concerning Shipment of Critical Goods During COVID-19 Outbreak provided by OFW Law (March 23, 2020)

FAQs Related to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Agency (FMCSA) Emergency Declaration (Updated March 19, 2020)

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

Sanitation

List N: Disinfectants for Use Against COVID-19 by EPA (updated March 19, 2020)

Small Business Efforts

Disaster Loan Assistance: COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application for Small Businesses

Employee Travel Exemption Letter

Government Administration Efforts

Update on Administration Efforts on COIVD-19 (May 12, 2020)

Executive Order Summary provided by OFW Law (April 29, 2020)

USDA To Implement President Trump’s Executive Order On Meat And Poultry Processors (April 28, 2020)

OFW Law Daily COVID-19 News Conference Summary (April 23, 2020)

OFW Law Daily COVID-19 News Conference Summary (April 21, 2020)

OFW Law Daily COVID-19 News Conference Summary (April 14, 2020)

OFW Law Daily COVID-19 News Conference Summary (April 13, 2020)

OFW Law Daily COVID-19 News Conference Summary  (April 9, 2020)

OFW Law Daily COVID-19 News Conference Summary (March 24, 2020)

OFW Law Second Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Broad Stakeholder Conference Call Summary (March 24, 2020)

Update on Administration Efforts on COVID-19 (March 24, 2020) summarized by OFW Law

OFW Law Daily COVID-19 News Conference Summary (March 23, 2020)

OFW Law Daily COVID-19 News Conference Summary (March 22, 2020)

OFW Law Daily COVID-19 News Conference Summary (March 21, 2020)

Update on Administration Efforts on COVID-19 (March 20, 2020) summarized by OFW Law

White House COVID-19 Update (March 20, 2020)  summarized by OFW Law

United States Trade Representative Response to Coronavirus Crisis (March 20, 2020) summarized by OFW Law

OSHA & CDC Efforts 

COVID-19 Resources (updated April 1, 2021)

Guidance for Meat and Poultry Processing Workers and Employers provided by the CDC and OSHA (Updated Feb. 6, 2021)

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

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)

COVID-19 Among Workers in Meat and Poultry Processing Facilities- 19 states, April 2020 provided by the CDC (May 1, 2020)

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

OSHA Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

Additional Resources

COVID-19 Critical Infrastructure Sector Response Planning provided by CDC (Updated Dec. 3, 2020)

Business and Infrastructure Partners Call on COVID-19- FEMA’s OB31 (April 10, 2020)

Other Agencies / Entities

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

Department of Labor (DOL) COVID-19 information webpage

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

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

United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) COVID-19 information webpage