The Consumer Brands Assn., formerly Grocery Manufacturers Assn., today (March 16) asked the federal government to exempt “manufacturers of essential products” – like food processors – from rules that prevent the gathering of 50 or more people until this coronavirus emergency is over.
“Consumer Brands Association appreciates the critical nature of containing the coronavirus as quickly as possible,” read a statement attributed to Bryan Zumwalt, executive vice president of public affairs. He referenced a CDC recommendation made over the weekend that banned gatherings of more than 50 people, with exemptions for businesses, but acknowledged enforcement will come at the state or local levels.
“As more states and localities make the choice to limit gatherings, we ask that the federal government exempt manufacturing facilities from these gathering limits, provided they follow worker safety guidelines put forward by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
“A federal exemption will create uniformity across the country and ensure the continued production of critical items,” he concluded.
Coronavirus has caused the cancellation of a number of food & beverage industry events; we're keeping a tally for you on our Events Page.
CBA represents not only food & beverage processors but makers of nearly all products found in the grocery store – that would include toilet paper, cleaners and hand sanitizers.