In anticipation of the global impact of COVID-19 companies in the feed industry are taking the necessary measures to ensure safety of their employees and to continue production. An update of which measures a couple of companies have taken. Full statements and more information can be found on the company websites.
In a press release Adisseo states, “We decided and implemented all necessary measures to ensure the safety and well-being of our employees and subcontractors as well as the continuity of our operations. These measures are adapted according to the spread of the pandemic and the recommendations of the WHO and the Authorities of each country in which Adisseo is present.”
To ensure safety of their employees and limiting the spread of the virus each Adisseo site worldwide has a local pandemic management team whose mission is to implement the necessary preventive and cautionary measures to protect their employees and subcontractors and to limit the spread of the virus. They are coordinated at group level by our Group pandemic crisis management team to ensure a homogeneous, rapid and efficient deployment.
In anticipation of the global impact of COVID-19, Novus created a senior-level response team to proactively manage the burden on our business operations and our customers.
Below an overview of some of the actions taken by Novus:
Alltech, published an open letter to governmental officials worldwide in which the company pleas to give food industries the essential industry status, such as in some countries already is done. In the letter Alltech states: “Feedstuffs, equipment for animal and crop production, and logistics are essential to ensure the certainty of our food supply. We ask that you implement any and all measures at your disposal to protect these vital functions until COVID-19 subsides. We trust you value the importance of a safe, stable food supply. Thank you for your support as we seek, together, to provide security in this time of unprecedented uncertainty”.
The company is establishing a dedicated COVID-19 task force representing all regions of the world. Together, with a team of senior management, this task force will review the latest information, including the recommendations of the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on a daily basis to adapt their approach to this evolving situation.
Alltech also transposed this year’s conference ONE to a virtual event.
Our first priority is the health and safety of attendees, our colleagues and the communities in which we live and work. With that in mind, we will transition this year’s ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference to a virtual event.
— Alltech UK (@AlltechUK) March 9, 2020
In a press release Biomin states that they strive to support all customers, colleagues and stakeholders to get through these challenging times. In order to ensure consumers receive the products Biomin enacted specific regional and local action plans. Biomin also addresses that all production units are currently operating and products remain available.
Some of the measures Biomin have taken include:
The Coronavirus is also impacting the GMP+ audits for Certified Companies. Planning and conduction the audits is difficult and GMP+ addresses in their newsletter that the audit frequency can be affected and not comply with the GMP+ requirements.
Therefore, GMP+ International gives requirements which give the possibility to postpone audits for a maximum of 6 months as of February 27th, 2020.
In a Tweet Kemin reacts on the impact of the Coronavirus and states to have implemented policies and procedures.
— Kemin Industries (@KeminInd) March 18, 2020
Biochem informed their employees and customers with a letter in which is stated: In this unprecedented situation, all of us at Biochem are concerned about the health and safety of our families, colleagues, customers, and partners. Our hearts are with the people affected by the coronavirus directly and those who are facing severe measures to slow its spread.”
The company developed a couple of measures which safeguard the health of their employees and miminimising the impact on the delivery of products.