Animal Food Safety and COVID-19 – Resources From the FDA

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has added a new web page for
Animal Health & Safety and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The page gathers materials, resources and guidance for industry and consumers. Information is organized by date published.

General Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions are available in English and Spanish.

Resources for industry

Industry can find COVID-19-related resources and information covering

  • animal drugs,
  • animal food and
  • animal devices.

The resources include a list of frequently asked questions for animal food safety and the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The FAQs address the safety of animal food, animal food shortages, social distancing and business operations during the COVID-19 pandemic, and information in the event a worker tests positive for COVID-19 (available in Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Tagalog and Vietnamese).

Resources for consumers

The FDA has Helpful Questions and Answers about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Your Pets (available in Spanish and Simplified Chinese) in addition to resources addressing

  • the food supply,
  • animals and COVID-19 and
  • food safety.

Resources for veterinarians

The FDA is temporarily suspending enforcement of portions of the federal veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR) with regard to the Veterinary Feed Directive.

State requirements should still be considered. See the FDA Helps Facilitate Veterinarians to Provide Telemedicine During Pandemic page (available in Spanish) for more information. 


For more information and the full list of resources and updates, visit

For additional assistance from the Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) on animal food safety, contact AskCVM@fda.hhs.gov.


If you have questions about animal food safety, please contact Marissa Herchler.

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Marissa Cohen, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMarissa CohenArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Animal Food Safety Call Marissa Email Marissa Serves 100 Counties and EBCIBased out of Prestage Poultry Science
Updated on Aug 9, 2023
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