Unheralded, historic, unprecedented. These are astonishing adjectives appropriately used to describe the current novel coronavirus pandemic. As a result, shelter in place orders as well as state, city and municipality lockdowns threaten the fabric of society. During this time uncharted challenges of particular concern is the nation’s food supply chain.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently discussed the USDA’s steps to address COVID-19’s impact on the agriculture industry and ensured that steps to support this critical industry would be included in the Department of Homeland Security’s Guidance to state and local authorities.
The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Guidance deemed pet and animal feed processing facilities as well as firms that support food, feed and beverage distribution as essential critical sectors of the Infrastructure Workforce.