ASI's Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

FDA Employee Health and Food Safety Checklist for Human and Animal Food Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

At ASI it is our mission to ensure the safety of the food supply while protecting our customers brand and the health and well-being of their customers. With this in mind, we have been closely monitoring the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and its impact on the health of our employees and our customers. With that being said we wanted to inform our customers of the precautions ASI is taking to help keep the food supply safe.

Unless the situation becomes dramatically worse, we intend to continue business as usual. Audits will only be rescheduled for the following reasons:

  1. The auditor is showing signs of illness or flu-like symptoms;
  2. The site has staff that has been diagnosed as positive for the COVID-19 virus or their employees have been recently exposed to the COVID-19 virus; or
  3. The CDC updates its current risk assessment for the COVID-19 outbreak to consider it a pandemic in the specific geographical area of the facility.

Please note that all ASI auditors are required to report any illness to senior management as part of our internal processes. ASI reviews the site’s SOPs and visitor policies to ensure that a site does not allow visitors that are showing signs of illness into their facility. We hold all of our auditors to these same standards.

Information About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Steps to Prevent Illness

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). For now, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) or through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

What to do if you are sick?

Please download this PDF from the CDC to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/sick-with-2019-nCoV-fact-sheet.pdf

Keeping Your Workplace Safe

To help prevent the spread of Coronavirus please encourage your employees to follow good hygiene practices.

  • Stay home when ill – Inform your employees of the common symptoms of Coronavirus and encourage employees to stay home and seek medical attention if they are showing any symptoms.
  • Practice good hand hygiene – Ensure employees wash their hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20-30 seconds. Hand sanitizers may be used in conjunction with proper hand washing.
  • Promote respiratory etiquette – Inform all employees that they should cover any coughs or sneezes with a tissue or shirt sleeve.
  • Avoid touching of the face – Inform all employees to avoid touching of the eyes, nose, and mouth to help slow the spread of germs.

Additional Resources

Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at John Hopkins University (JHU)

https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

CDC: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

WHO: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

FMI: Coronavirus and Pandemic Preparedness for the Food Industry

FEMA: Pandemic Influenza Continuity of Operations Annex Template Instructions