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Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Safety (FSIL)

COVID-19 Rapid Response Project

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Safety (FSIL) is working to address COVID-19 related food safety and food security challenges in five target countries (Bangladesh, Cambodia, Kenya, Nepal, and Senegal). There is no evidence that COVID-19 is transmitted through food or food packaging, but the food industry must implement technical, organizational and personnel measures to manage risks associated with COVID-19. It is particularly important to reduce person-to-person transmission in all parts of the food system (e.g., farming, harvest, slaughter, processing) thereby reducing disruptions in the supply chain, preventing shutdowns of processing facilities and sustaining a safe food supply.

Although this project ended in June 2021, many of the resources developed can still be accessed from the country-specific web pages. Here are some of the accomplishments we achieved during the scope of the project. We built an international community of COVID-19 subject matter experts to support the food industry and mentored a team of in-country subject matter experts to coordinate Food Industry Virtual Office Hours within their own countries. In addition, we worked with this international food systems COVID-19 subject matter expert community to customize and translate relevant resources to assist the food industry during the COVID-19 pandemic.

International Food Systems COVID-19 Community

We have partnered with subject matter experts from six target countries. Learn more about our partners in the international food systems COVID-19 subject matter expert community and find translated resources for each target country here:

COVID-19 Video FAQs International Series
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  • COVID-19 is Not Foodborne (English) – How do we know for sure COVID-19 is not transmitted through food? Learn why COVID-19 is not a foodborne illness and how it spreads from person to person.
  • COVID-19 is Not Foodborne (Swahili) – Je! Tunajuaje hakika COVID-19 haipatikani kupitia chakula? Jifunze kwa nini COVID-19 sio ugonjwa wa chakula na jinsi inavyoenea kutoka kwa mtu hadi mtu.
  • COVID-19 is Not Foodborne (French) – Comment savons-nous avec certitude que le COVID-19 n'est pas transmis par les aliments? Découvrez pourquoi le COVID-19 n'est pas une maladie d'origine alimentaire et comment il se propage d'une personne à l'autre.
  • COVID-19 is Not Foodborne (Nepali) – COVID-19 खाना मार्फत प्रसारित हुँदैन भनेर हामी कसरी पक्का हुन सक्छौं? सिक्नुहोस् किन COVID-१ food खाद्यजनित रोग होईन र यो कसरी व्यक्तिबाट अर्कोमा सर्छ।
  • COVID-19 is Not Foodborne (Bangla) – আমরা কীভাবে নিশ্চিত যে COVID-19 খাবারের মাধ্যমে সঞ্চারিত হয় না? এখানে কেন COVID-19 কোনও খাদ্যজনিত অসুস্থতা নয় এবং কীভাবে এটি ব্যক্তি থেকে একজনে ছড়িয়ে পড়ে।

Selected COVID-19 Global Resources

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