Understanding the role of prevention and spread of COVID-19 during food processing, transportation, distribution, and sales is an important step in maintaining the health of all New Mexicans. The NMFMA has resources to help keep you and your food businesses safe.
Resources provided in this section include science-based information and tips on how to follow COVID-19 specific guidelines to reduce the risk of exposure for you, your employees and their families, as well as your customers throughout the food system.
With the increased use of the word "disinfecting" due to the COVID-19 pandemic, its important for retail establishments to understand the difference between disinfecting and sanitizing. Learn about both in the article, Sanitizing and Disinfection in Retail Establishments.
Meal delivery and take-out meals are gaining in popularity due to COVID-19 restrictions. Many prepared foods are perishable and can cause illness if not held under the proper time and temperature controls during preparation or prior to pick up. Learn how to provide safe to-go and delivery services in the article, Providing Safe To-Go and Food Delivery Services.
With the risk of Coronavirus rising in the US, food establishments should be implementing controls to minimize risk of COVID-19 among their personnel and begin planning. The article Preparing Food Processing Operations for Coronavirus explains the CDC and WHO guidance for food processors.
NMDA Produce Safety Videos are a helpful resource and includes videos on:
Produce Safety Matters includes four animations that illustrate how contamination can spread from field to table and suggest ways to avoid this. This information is good for growers, packing centers, and retailers who rely on one another to prevent contamination and keep consumers safe.
New Mexico's Online Food Safety Training
All food safety training is now online for all growers, including those planning to sell to New Mexico's Public Education Department (PED). Here are your options:
1) PED returning vendors:
Complete Returning PED Vendors: Approved Supplier Program online videos and quizzes (login required).
2) New PED vendors and other growers:
If you will be selling to the schools in the 2020-2021 school year as a new vendor, you must complete the Online Produce Safety Risk Assessment Training (read the complete list of training requirements and FAQs here)