As our country works together to address the many challenges of the coronavirus (COVID-19), beverage manufacturers, distributors, suppliers and retail partners are working tirelessly to meet the needs of our communities as timely and efficiently as possible.
To help America’s food manufacturers and suppliers operate during this national emergency, ABA’s president and chief executive, Katherine Lugar, sent a letter to the Trump Administration advocating for common-sense actions to help our industry operate and deliver products during this challenging time, including:
We also joined 60 industry groups urging for a national public framework that exempts food, beverage and consumer packaged good manufacturers from bans and curfews so that we may continue to deliver the essential products Americans need now more than ever.
Our priority is to ensure our consumers, customers and employees are safe and we are following the guidance of federal agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
As for packaged food products being sold in stores, including beverages, according to the CDC and FDA, there is currently no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with the transmission of COVID-19.
The FDA reminds all Americans to follow good hygiene practices when handling and preparing foods. We will continue to monitor the latest developments and guidance on the coronavirus from federal, state and local health authorities and follow recommended protocols.