Compilation of articles concerning COVID-19 infections and food production businesses

By Prof SJ Forsythe

Contact details:  sforsythe4j@gmail.com

Homepage: www.foodmicrobe.com

 

Topic

Source

URL

General aspects

 

 

Why have there been so many outbreaks in meat processing plants?

BBC News

www.bbc.co.uk/news/53137613

Five ways the outbreak is hitting global food industry

BBC News

www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-52267943

Covid cases at UK food factories could be over 30 times higher than reported

 

The Guardian

www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/sep/27/covid-cases-at-food-factories-in-uk-could-be-over-30-times-higher-than-reported?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Other

Temperature and humidity dependent persistence of SAR-CoV-2 virus

Pre-refereed paper

www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.10.16.341883v1

Local government (LG) response to outbreak, UK

LGA online

www.local.gov.uk/factory-outbreak-encapsulated-challenge-we-face-containing-virus

Another LG response to outbreak, UK

LGA online

www.local.gov.uk/meat-factory-outbreak-taught-us-lot

 

 

 

Information resources

 

 

Institute of Food Science and Technology

IFST (UK)

www.ifst.org/resources-policy/covid-19-knowledge-hub

 

 

 

Meat processing factories

 

 

Locations of UK food businesses with COVID-19 outbreaks

The Grocer

www.thegrocer.co.uk/supply-chain/map-locations-of-uk-food-businesses-with-coronavirus-outbreaks/645657.article

Two Sisters Anglesey,  meat factory associated outbreak, UK

BBC News

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-53131765

Culls of poultry due to processing plant infections, UK

The Guardian

www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/aug/31/hundreds-of-thousands-of-chickens-to-be-culled-after-covid-disruption?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Other

Food factory related outbreak in Cornwall, UK

BBC News

www.itv.com/news/westcountry/2020-09-18/coronavirus-outbreak-at-food-factory-in-cornwall

Pork meat processing factory, Cornwall, UK

BBC News

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-54361824

Turkey processing factory cases, Suffolk, UK

BBC News

www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-england-suffolk-54424154

Newcastle bakery closes, UK

BBC News

www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-england-tyne-54272699

Pie & pastie maker, Wales, UK

BBC News

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-54619585

Gütersloh abattoir plant workers, Germany

BBC News

www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-53087139

Meat factory superspreading event, Germany

Pre-refereed paper

papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3654517

Smithfield meat factory associated  outbreak,  US

BBC News

www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-52311877

Smithfield appeals against $13,494 fine

Marler Clark

www.foodsafetynews.com/2020/09/smithfield-appeals-osha-fine-for-not-protecting-meat-plant-employees-from-covid-19/

Smithfield fines not sufficient deterrent?

Marler Clark

www.foodsafetynews.com/2020/09/blowback-from-industry-and-union-on-osha-for-smithfield-jbs-fines/

South Dakota meat processing facility outbreak, US

CDC

www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6931a2.htm?s_cid=mm6931a2_w

Nebraska meat processing facility outbreak, US

CDC

www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6931a3.htm?s_cid=mm6931a3_w

19 US States, surveillance meat and poultry processing facilities, April 2020.

CDC

www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6918e3.htm?s_cid=mm6918e3_w

Update:  April–May 2020 surveillance meat and poultry processing facilities , US

CDC

www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6927e2.htm?s_cid=mm6927e2_w

 

 

 

Dessert production facilities

 

 

Newark Bakkavor  dessert factory associated outbreak, UK

BBC News

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-53818058

Zorba Delicacies dessert factory associated outbreak, UK

BBC News

www.bbc.co .uk/news/uk-wales-53530401

 

 

 

Regulatory issues

 

 

Frozen meat import ban on frozen meat imports from Brazil into China

Financial Times

www.ft.com/content/6784cc97-b91b-4d6d-9fc9-8ea6e5b3e71f

 

Ecdc study showing food industry 3rd most common occupation associated with outbreak clusters

EFSA

www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/publications-data/covid-19-clusters-and-outbreaks-occupational-settings-eueea-and-uk

ICMSF risk  assessment on food transmission

ICMSF

www.icmsf.org/publications/papers/

 

 

 

General databases

 

 

NextStrain

 

nextstrain.org/ncov?c=country&d=tree,map&l=radial&m=div&p=grid&r=country

Superspreading event database (SSE)

 

medium.com/@codecodekoen/covid-19-superspreading-events-database-4c0a7aa2342b

Johns Hopkins University Dashboard

JHU

gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html?utm_source=Nature+Briefing&utm_campaign=ee09f96136-briefing-dy-20200130&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c9dfd39373-ee09f96136-42712435#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6