Grocery industry prepares for pandemic bird flu

By TIMBERLY ROSS, Associated Press, Feb. 18, 2007

will fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, bread, milk and other household staples still be available if the U.S. is hit with an anticipated bird flu pandemic? If state and federal officials urge people to stay away from public places, like restaurants and fast-food establishments, will they be able to get the groceries they need to prepare food in their homes?…

the burden on individual supermarket chains and wholesalers to deal with a potentially large number of sick workers that could affect store operations and disrupt the food supply…. urging wholesalers and retailers to talk with their suppliers about alternative sources for their products and to anticipate what products will be in high demand in a pandemic situation, such as medicines and food staples […]

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  • Food Marketing Institute Avian Influenza
    http://www.fmi.org/foodsafety/avian_flu.htm
  • # Avian Influenza and Pandemic Preparedness: A Planning Resource For The Grocery Industry
    En Espanôl
    Japanese
    # FMI’s Consumer Guide To Understanding Bird Flu, Seasonal Flu and Pandemic Flu (various formats for downloading)
    # FMI’s Consumer Guide To Understanding Bird Flu, Seasonal Flu and Pandemic Flu — Brochure–High Resolution PDF (For Printing)
    # Food Safety and Worker Concerns (Presentation from Dr. Michael Doyle, July 2006

  • Food Marketing Institute, Disaster Response
    http://www.fmi.org/foodsafety/disaster.htm
  • # Disaster Planning, Recovery and Business Continuity – What We Learned From Katrina
    # Hurricanes Excerpts from FMI’s Pre-Emergency Planning and Disaster Recovery Manual Source: Food Marketing Institute (2MB PDF File)
    # Emergency Food & Water Supply Source: North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service
    # Resources for Food Safety and Storage in Emergency Situations Source: USDA National Agricultural Library
    # National Recommendations for Disaster Food Handling Source: University of Tennessee
    # Preparing for Food/Water Shortage Source: The National Food Safety Database, University of Florida
    # What to do after Natural Disasters Source: North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service


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