Marion Nestle at her blog Food Politics has put together an updated and tremendous compendium of information about food during these troubled times.
I’ve quoted it in detail below.
Key points to keep in mind.
To Date There Is No Evidence Of Coronavirus Transmission By Food
See her detailed post on this here.
For produce her recommendation is
To be 100 percent safe while eating fresh produce
Do what you would do in countries without safe water supplies—follow the P rules and only eat foods that are:
- Piping hot (hot temperatures destroy viruses and other microorganisms)
- Peeled (wash hands before and after)
- Purified (cooked and not recontaminated)
- Packaged (industrially packed, frozen, or dried)
As always, wash hands.
If you have fresh produce, wash it. When in doubt, cook it.
Avoid Dubious Schemes For Immune Boosting.
I have noticed that the snake oil salesmen are doubling down on their products and promoting all kinds of useless immune supplements Let the buyer beware-these untested products are as likely to lower your immunity as raise it.
Grocers Have A Viable Supply Chain And Are Not Shutting Down
Don’t hoard food and supplies that other people may need
From Marion Nestle:
Does food transmit Coronavirus?
- Basically no (with some cautions). See yesterday’s post for details.
Keeping up with Coronavirus
- Healthroid has a summary. The maps are updated daily
- Food Policy Watch: This weekly newsletter does a terrific job of keeping up with news reports, especially those explaining how to cope with what’s happening.
How to survive working at home (watch out for junk food)
How to take action
- Beautiful Trouble has a guide to action against COVID-19: support your neighbors, change the system
Advice for the food industry
- US lays out new COVID-19 guidelines for food industry The Trump Administration released a set of coronavirus guidelines for all Americans, with special provisions for critical infrastructure industries like food and beverage. Brands have been adapting this week to the new reality, while keeping employee safety a top priority…. Read more
What’s happening with supermarkets and supply chains?
- Empty shelves will soon be ‘a thing of the past,’ says grocery supply expert: As the novel coronavirus spreads, many people have stocked up on pantry items and paper products in anticipation of hunkering down at home for an extended period, creating temporary shortages of certain products. To better understand the grocery supply chain and how stores are stocked, FERN turned to Dr. Ananth Iyer, a professor of supply chain management at Purdue University and director of the university’s Global Supply Chain Management Initiative.
- Food chain tackles panic buying surge: Coronavirus concerns, sparking panic buying have forced manufacturers, distributors and retailers into special measures to manage the spending surge… Read
- Food delivery curfews relaxed to supermarkets: The Government is to relax food delivery hours to supermarkets and other retailers to help the supply chain cope with demand due to the Coronavirus COVID-19… Read
- Grocers ‘have a viable supply chain’ & ‘are not shutting down,’ but product mix may change, FMI says: The bare grocery shelves that many consumers have encountered over the last few days due to Covid-19-related stockpiling are not a harbinger of long-term shortages or a precursor to store closures, but they could signal a shift in the types of products retailers stock and manufacturers produce, according to FMI, the food industry association…. Read more
- A Brooklyn co-op hustles as food demand spikes: Like other grocery stores in New York City, the Park Slope Food Co-op, in Brooklyn, is out of hand sanitizer. But even with 17,000 members and weekly sales of $1.23 million, shelves at one of the nation’s oldest and largest food co-ops are nearly full. “We got the hang of it very quickly after the initial enormous jolt of extra purchases hit 15 days ago,” Joe Holtz, the co-op’s general manager and co-founder, said late last week.
- Retailers, officials insist the food supply is strong as grocery stores are emptied: A recent surge of demand has emptied some grocery store shelves of staples, as shoppers concerned about the spread of the novel coronavirus prepare to self-isolate at home. But the U.S. has plenty of food and Americans should not panic, urged food retailers, producers, and the federal government over the weekend.
- Cocoa disruption expected on markets as coronavirus continues to spread: ‘During risk-off periods in markets, the prices of all products tend to move lower. When price carnage hits markets, rationality takes a holiday,’ said analyst Andrew Hecht…. Read more
- What will happen to the produce industry after coronavirus shut down visa processing? The policy shift to limit the virus’ spread is likely to hamper this season’s planting and harvesting since fruit and vegetable growers heavily rely on foreign workers.
What to avoid: dubious schemes for immune boosting
- Coronavirus sparks ‘staggering growth’ in online searches for foods with functional benefits: report: What foods are consumers looking to during coronavirus?…Read more
- Panic buying of immune products causes shortfalls; greater supply gaps loom in months ahead: A pulse of supply and production issues caused by the COVID-19 crisis is making its way through the dietary supplement industry. Inventories of botanical ingredients continue to hold up, but unprecedented demand for immunity boosting products is causing some strain…. Read more
- Fight COVID-19 with dairy: China industry associations issue consumption guidelines to ‘build immune resistance’: Four major dairy industry associations in China have formed a set of guidelines for dairy and dairy product consumption for local residents in hopes of strengthening public immune resistance to combat the recent COVID-19 novel coronavirus outbreak…. Read more
- COVID-19: Opportunities for health supplement firms to communicate immune-boosting role of micronutrients: A panel of science researchers has put up a list of key findings on the role of micronutrients in supporting the immune system, which firms can tap on to educate the consumers in light of the coronavirus outbreak…. Read more
- COVID-19 brings strong China online sales for ANZ’s Comvita and AuMake: Australia and New Zealand health foods companies are seeing strong online sales of immune boosting supplements from the China market…. Read more
Who profits from this?
- Could coronavirus hasten high times for CBD? We’ve seen a run on toilet rolls, hand sanitizer and pasta. What about other foods and ingredients? Which might be set to be boosted by coronavirus?… Read more
- Trump encourages fast food brands to keep drive-thru open: so says QSR (Quick Service Restaurant) magazine.
- The ripple effects of COVID-19: A look into global dairy: Rabobank assesses how the ‘corona hangover’ will impact global dairy markets in its latest report. Demand in China is already starting to bounce back after its virus exposure seems to have peaked, while the US will suffer in the coming months as cases rise…. Read more
- Coronavirus concerns drive huge sales growth for pantry staples: As U.S. consumers prepare for long isolation periods to slow the spread of the virus, Nielsen says the nation is in a potentially transformative pattern.
- ‘The change in consumer behaviour are the likes of which we have never seen’: Coronavirus-demand toys with General Mills’ bottom line: The Cheerios and Nature’s Valley maker has raised its forecast for 2020, as social distancing efforts aimed at slowing the rapid spread of COVID-19 is causing consumers to stockpile, boosting demand for eat-at-home products like cereals and boredom-busting treats like snack bars…. Read more
- The TTB has authorized distilleries to make hand sanitizers: Due to the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Acting Administrator of the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has found that it is necessary or desirable to waive provisions of internal revenue law with regard to distilled spirits, and therefore is providing certain exemptions and authorizations to distilled spirits permittees who wish to produce ethanol-based hand sanitizers to address the demand for such products during this emergency.
Canadian red meat industry donates $50,000 to coronavirus effort in China: The Canadian red meat industry has made a $50,000 donation to the Canadian Red Cross to support work with the Red Cross Society of China and its efforts in responding to the coronavirus outbreak….
Still Socially Distanced,