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Below you can find useful links to expert resources sorted by commodity. We will continue to provide updates to these resources as the situation changes and new information becomes available. Visit this page for a full list of General Industry Resources.


Dairy-related Resources


Produce-related Resources


Meat-related Resources

  • Visit this page from the North American Meat Institute to find a report on reduced incidence rates in meat and poultry industry employees after implementing appropriate COVID-19 mitigation strategies. Posted on February 9, 2020.
  • Visit this page from the CDC to find their Agricultural Employer Checklist for Creating a COVID-19 Assessment and Control Plan. Posted on August 24, 2020.
  • Visit this page from the CDC and the U.S. Department of Labor to find Interim Guidance for Agriculture Workers and Employers. Posted on June 3, 2020.
  • Visit this page from Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University to find a factsheet on COVID-19 in relation to Wet-markets and Live Animal Markets. Posted on May 22, 2020.
  • Visit this page from the CDC to find Interim Guidance for Meat and Poultry Processing Workers and Employers as response to multiple outbreaks of COVID-19 in food processing facilities. Posted on April 28, 2020.
  • USDA, Coronavirus (COVID-19), Posted on March 17, 2020.

Seafood-related Resources

  • Visit this page from the CDC to find their Checklist for Seafood Processing Worksites: COVID-19 Assessment and Control Plan. Posted on August 24, 2020.
  • Visit this page from the CDC, OSHA, and the FDA to find Interim Guidance on Protecting Seafood Processing Workers from COVID-19. Posted on June 30, 2020.
  • Visit this page from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to find a Q&A on safety of fishery and aquaculture products. Posted on June 18, 2020.
  • Visit this page from the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute to find information on COVID-19 and the Alaska seafood industry. Posted on April 21, 2020.
  • Visit this page from The National Fisheries Institute to find information on COVID-19 and safety of seafood. Posted on March 22, 2020.

Restaurant-related Resources

  • Visit this page from OSHA to find COVID-19 Guidance for Restaurants Resuming Dine-In Services. Posted on November 16, 2020.
  • Visit this page from NC State Extension to find a Free COVID-19 Restaurant Business Training with five separate modules. Posted on September 29, 2020.
  • Visit this page from the CDC to find information on Considerations for Restaurants and Bars as they resume operations. Posted on May 29, 2020.
  • Visit this page from the CDC to find information on CDC Activities and Initiatives Supporting the COVID-19 Response (Page 53: Interim Guidance for Restaurants and Bars). Posted on May 26, 2020.
  • Visit this page from the FDA to find information on the Best Practices for Re-opening Retail Food Establishments During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Posted on May 11, 2020.
  • Visit this page from The National Restaurant Association to find Re-opening Guidance for the Restaurant Industry. Posted on May 1, 2020.
  • Visit this page from The National Restaurant Association to find COVID-19 information and resources for the restaurant industry. Posted on May 1, 2020.
  • Visit this page from The National Restaurant Association to find information on maintaining business continuity. Posted on March 17, 2020.
  • Visit this page from the FDA to find a good overview of Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food Pick-Up/Delivery Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Posted on April 10, 2020.

Information for Facilities Producing Hand Sanitizer

  • Visit this page from Cornell AgriTech to find Guidance on the Production of Hand Sanitizers. Posted on April 17, 2020.
  • Visit this page from the American Craft Spirits Association to find useful resources for facilities that are producing hand sanitizers and sanitizing sprays. Posted on April 17, 2020.
  • Visit this page from The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to find COVID-19 advisory on hand-sanitizer raw materials and recommendations for prioritization. Posted on April 13, 2020.
  • Visit this page from the FDA to find their Temporary Policy for firms that register as over-the-counter (OTC) drug manufacturers and want to produce hand sanitizer. Posted on March 31, 2020.
  • Visit this page from the FDA to find information on their Temporary Policy for Manufacture of Alcohol for Incorporation Into Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Products During the Public Health Emergency (COVID-19). Posted on March 31, 2020.
  • Visit this page from the FDA to find information on the Policy for Temporary Compounding of Certain Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Products During the Public Health Emergency Immediately in Effect Guidance for Industry. Posted on March 31, 2020.
  • Visit this page from The Distilled Spirits Council to find information for facilities that want to produce hand sanitizer, such as how to source ingredients, locate packaging, find buyers, and address other concerns. Posted on March 31, 2020.

If you have specific questions around ingredients, cleaning/sanitation chemicals and procedures, personnel practices, or other food safety, supply, and distribution changes due to the impact of COVID-19, reach out to our experts:

Our team can also provide process authority services in case you need to change processes and/or formulations due to COVID-19 related challenges. For more information visit the Cornell Food Venture Center and for dairy-related process authority services contact Rob Ralyea (rdr10@cornell.edu).


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