We are keeping a watching brief on COVID-19 and the impact it is having or may have on our industry and our people.
We are gathering and disseminating information as it becomes available to assist United Fresh members with best practice and business continuity.
This document will be updated as we receive new information from Government officials.
According to the NZ Food Safety Science & Research Centre and MPI, so far, there is no evidence that humans have been infected by swallowing the virus in or on food or drink, though it has been found in a small number of faecal samples. The strong acid in the stomach is thought to destroy this type of virus.
The European Food Safety Authority have also stated: There is no evidence that food is a likely source or root transmission of COVID-19.
Register for Safe Practice
MPI now needs assurances from industries and businesses that their processes protect workers and the public by limiting interactions and reducing the potential spread of COVID-19.
If you provide an essential service MPI require you to register with them. Questions operators can ask themselves before registering:
MPI key advice for food businesses (including the pan-fresh fruit and vegetable industry) is that “it is unlikely that COVID-19 can be transmitted through food, and there isn’t evidence to date of this happening. It is more important than ever that food businesses apply strict food preparation and hygiene practices.
For more COVID-19 food safety information and updates, visit www.mpi.govt.nz/coronavirus-and-food-safety
Where businesses want to take extra measures to protect their staff and customers, they should do so in line with Ministry of Health advice on social distancing and limiting the spread of the virus – contact the Healthline team on 0800 358 5453, visit www.health.govt.nz, or the all of Government COVID-19 website www.covid19.govt.nz”.
Unite Against COVID-19 - Government Platforms:
COVID-19 Economic Response Package, link here.
EMA - Obligations for Employers to manage Novel Coronavirus, link here.
MBIE - Information for Businesses, link here.
NZTE - Information for Exporters, link here.
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30 Mar 2020
United Fresh Urges Kiwis to Eat More Fresh Produce and to Wash It First
New Zealanders can safely purchase fresh fruit and vegetables during COVID-19 and our country’s only pan-produce organisation that represents the entire value-chain, United Fresh, is reminding Kiwis to wash all produce as you normally would by rinsing it under the tap before consuming it.
27 Mar 2020
COVID-19 Update - MPI Starts Site Visits & Physical Distancing Poster
MPI starting site visits today, Friday 27th March and United Fresh Physical Distancing poster shared.
26 Mar 2020
MPI answers key COVID-19 questions for fresh fruit and vegetable industry
MPI answers questions about 2m distancing rule, access to protection equipment, workers over 70, independant F&V shops and movement to & from work.
25 Mar 2020
COVID-19 Update - MPI's Register for Safe Practice and Fruit & Vegetable Shops Closing
As New Zealand moves into National Alert Level 4 in response to COVID-19, the primary industries have been included on the list of essential services and fruit and vegetable stores to close.
25 Mar 2020
COVID-19 Alert Level 4 and UF Guide to Business Continuity
COVID Alert Level 4 Description & United Fresh Guide to Keeping Our People & Workplaces Well – Continuity Planning for Businesses
23 Mar 2020
COVID-19 Alert Level 3
The government has now put New Zealand into Alert Level 3 (and indicated that this will go to Alert Level 4 in 48 hours).
23 Mar 2020
COVID-19 Alert Level 2 Update – Government Asks Commerce Commission For Flexibility
As we all work together as a nation and industry to contain the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) to help protect our people, United Fresh will continue to provide updates for our industry to assist with business continuity.
19 Mar 2020
COVID-19 Update including New Government Information Platforms
The government has created a website that has everything you need to know about COVID-19 in one place.
17 Mar 2020
Literature Review - Foodborne Transmission of COVID-19
Our colleagues at the New Zealand Food Safety Science & Research Centre (NZFSSRC) have shared their Literature Review on Foodborne Transmission of COVID-19 for the food industry.
05 Mar 2020
COVID-19 Update for United Fresh Members
We are all very concerned about the potential impact COVID-19 could have on our businesses. The purpose of this update is to distil the key messages of what we need to consider.