COVID-19 Resources

 
 

RESOURCES FOR PROCESSORS

As our nation and the world grapples with coronavirus (COVID-19), dairy food manufacturers and processors have been recognized as part of a critical infrastructure industry. Our focus is the production of safe, quality dairy products to consumers everywhere, and on the safety and well-being of our workforce.

Dairy food makers are recognized leaders in strict safety protocols, tracing back through decades of emphasis on daily sanitation and cleaning. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has made it clear that all foods produced in the U.S. are safe, and there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with transmission of this virus.

To aid dairy manufacturers and processors as they develop additional plans for their operations, related to coronavirus, the members of the Dairy Food Safety Alliance – comprised of leaders of the Center for Dairy Research, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, and Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association – offer this guide to help you create your proactive and reactive plans. Please note the following contents:

  • Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
  • SOP Template Addressing COVID-19 Worker
  • Employer Guidance (Proactive and Reactive)
  • Mental Health Hotline Printable Poster


Thanks to the many partners and organizations which provided resources and input for this guide.

Wisconsin's 'Safer at Home' order

DAIRY IS CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE

On March 25, Governor Tony Evers ordered "Safer at Home" order effective 8 a.m. Wednesday to remain in effect until 8 a.m. on April 24. This order allows "Essential" businesses to remain open and operational. The dairy supply chain, from farm to fork, has been identified as essential critical infrastructure and as such, employees have a special responsibility in these times to continue operations.The full list of industries and Department of Homeland Security guidance can be accessed here. A Spanish-language version is available here.

Stay-at-Home Order (Wisconsin is currently in this status)

  • Defines essential services and critical infrastructure
  • Keeps essential services and critical infrastructure open
  • Closes the physical locations of all other non-essential businesses
  • Encourages or requires maximizing remote or telework when possible
  • Requires individuals to stay at home unless performing permissible actions defined in the order

The National Milk Producers Federation created a necessary work permit template resource. It explains DHS guidance for food and agriculture and asks relevant authorities to grant employees to travel to and from work. Along with the permit itself, the document also defines who is considered a food and agriculture employee for critical-infrastructure purposes. This document can be downloaded by clicking the red bar below.

ESSENTIAL FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL EMPLOYEE WORK PERMIT TEMPLATE

Additional Resources