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Welcome to FoodCoVNET

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Providing science-based strategies and practices to reduce the public health and economic impacts of COVID-19 on the food sector.

The Problem

The global SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unparalleled millions of illnesses and hundreds of thousands of deaths worldwide. This pandemic has had a direct impact on the U.S. food supply, forcing the food sector and regulatory communities to address this emerging pathogen based on scarce data. Public health and regulatory officials scrambled to provide guidance for the food sector early in the outbreak.

The People

Our project team, FoodCoVNET, stepped in to fill this gap. We quickly began to review and catalog the existing and expanding literature and utilized that information to provide ongoing, science-based technical support to the food sector. Our support includes best practice recommendations and assistance in confirming data gaps. As a result of that experience, we have created the framework for an integrated research and extension project that leverages existing food safety networks to rapidly address SARS-CoV-2 concerns within the food sector.

The Solution

Through this project we will address SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 concerns by evaluating practices and confirming efficacy through laboratory research on virus persistence, inactivation and transfer. We will translate that knowledge into a variety of forms to aid in future decisions, and house the outputs here on this website.

FoodCoVNET has a foundation of stakeholder engagement, utilizing an iterative approach to gather information from food sector constituents and industry leaders to ensure that data gaps are identified and filled. We are focused on providing science-based strategies and practices to reduce the public health and economic impacts of COVID-19 on the food sector.

This work is supported by the Foundational and Applied Science Program of Agriculture [grant no. 2020-68003-32789/project accession no. 1024141] from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.